In addition to its delicious and peppery taste, the lettuce leaf known as Arugula has many great benefits for our overall health. My favourite way to eat it is raw (it loses some of the strong taste with cooking) in a salad with just thin pear slices and my favourite vegan cheese, drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt. Arugula is a great way to spice up the salad portion of your meal, though it can be added into so many other meals; like pasta and rice dishes as a garnish after cooking.
Arugula boasts the following vitamins and nutrients that make it a healthy addition to your meals;
Vitamin K: required for blood coagulation and plays a role in healthy bone formation
Calcium: required for healthy bones, teeth, and nerve and muscle function, as well as blood clotting
Antioxidants: for binding those free radicals! They are anti-aging and provide overall better physiological function of the body (Vit A and C are antioxidants)
Blackberry season is upon us! My favourite local wildberry, blackberries are both delicious and full of healthy nutrients. I am blessed to live in a place where these purple-blue fruits grow in abundance - both native and non-native varieties!
While many of us head to the brambles with our containers to collect and then eat these delicious beauties, did you know that blackberries were an excellent source of antioxidants like bioflavonoids? Most wildberries like the raspberry, and the blueberry are also high in these, but blackberries are the tops when it comes to measuring amounts per 100g. Antioxidants are known for their cancer-preventing qualities as well as their anti-aging and health protecting effects. Bioflavonoids are generally immune moderating and therefore balance the functioning of the immune system as well as enhance circulation.
The fiber content of blackberries is another healthy bonus! We keep the bowels moving and aid in reducing cholesterol levels when w...