14 best detox vegetables for you body....

One of these days we have to have a live stream of Monday and Tuesday cooking days so you all could see how all the food that gets to you, comes together, and how the conversations in the kitchen lead to recipes for weeks ahead.

You would not believe the things we try and taste. Fun and adventurous for sure! This past week Laura and Joan were talking about benefits of this and that as they were drinking the beet broth that came from cooking of the beets for the Beet Pesto. A few hours later we were drinking the ginger tea that was made with Joan crushing the ginger in mortar and pestle for the digestive limeade. We tasted chrysanthemum leaves, various olives, unripened grapes, .....

Anyway detoxing is always on top of the list of the conversations here so I thought this week I will try to use what is said to be the 14 best detox vegetables for you body.

Beets- Beets are loaded with antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein, which the American Optometric Association recommends because they lower your chance of getting chronic eye disease like cataracts.

Cabbages- high water content that makes it inherently good for flushing toxins out of the body. Cabbages also contain lots of folate and vitamin C to support your nerve and immune function.

Kale - packed with folate, iron, vitamins C, K, B vitamins, and A.

Spinach- same as kale but less intense in flavor

Celery- high water content, It’s also a diuretic, containing plenty of potassium and it is used in TCM to reduce blood pressure

Broccoli- great source of vitamins K and C, a good source offolate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C– builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.

Ginger- helps with arthritis, helps prevent cancer, and lowers cholesterol. It even helps digestion.

Carrots- help fight cancer. They are also known as an excellent source of vitamin A. Other essential vitamins and minerals include: potassium, manganese, fiber, zinc, vitamin E and Vitamin K just to name a few.

Parsley- The many nutrients parsley offers include a massive dose of Vitamin K for bone strength and potential Alzheimer’s prevention, vitamin C (3 times the amount you get in oranges) and vitamin A (47% DV). So it should not be used just as garnish, it has plenty of health benefits too!

Cucumber- Well, it’s technically a fruit even though most people seem to regard it as a vegetable. But people aren’t wrong in believing that cucumber is healthy. Cucumbers contain plant chemicals called phytonutrients that protect your body and prevent diseases. Also, they are naturally low in carbs, sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories. Being that they are 95% water and contain compounds that help remove wastes from your system, cucumbers are a great detoxing vegetable.

Sweet Potatoes- Packed with potassium as well as vitamins A and C. They are also a fat-free starch. Sweet potatoes are so nutritious that some argue that it is the most nutritious vegetable.

Lettuce- offers minerals such as calcium and potassium, anti-oxidants, and many other vitamins

Cilantro- Also known as coriander, this vegetable offers plenty of potassium and calcium, along with vitamins A, C, and K. It fights off cancer as well as infection.

Cauliflower- You’re better off with the colored varieties than the white ones, which is less nutritious. But, they all have antioxidants that protect your cells from damage and help fight cancer. That’s always a good thing.

Well, I can only imagine the conversations that will be going on in the kitchen early Monday morning when we have all this veg out to clean and prep :)

We hope you will enjoy the meals as much as we enjoy preparing them for you!

From everyone at Ezie and Emil... It's All about food... Enjoy!

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