For years, I have been cooking garlic without getting the maximum from its huge health benefits. That’s because I generally add garlic to hot oil at the start of a recipe, and then add other ingredients. A nutritionist recently told me I should not be doing that.
This made me think about other favorite foods, and I have made a short list of some that need to be cooked and eaten a certain way for maximum benefit. Do let me know if you have your own tips and advice on the right way to eat everyday foods.
Garlic: This golden great gives you more health benefits than a mere article can list. If you love garlic, get more from it by adding it toward the end of your cooking, so that you can get most of its nutrients, without losing the flavor.
Eggplant: A nutrition goldmine, eggplant lavishes you with some staggering health benefits. The best way to enjoy it: brush slices of eggplant with olive oil and grill them for five minutes on each side. Sprinkle them with herbs of your choice.
Spinach: You do know that spinach is a storehouse of valuable nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. To get even more from this wonder green, add some Vitamin C rich food to it! Strawberry and spinach salad. Roasted red peppers. Tomatoes. All of these taste great with spinach, and reward you with extra nutrition benefits, too.
Avocado: Most of the benefits of avocado are contained in its delicate flesh. Cooking them on high heat destroys these benefits. Try to enjoy your avocados either raw or slow-cooked for a short time.
Apples: Most of the nutrients in an apple reside in the skin, so it is a shame to peel it off. The safest way to eat apples is to buy organic. If you cannot, then simply rinse them in pure water and scrub gently with a natural-bristle brush to get rid of any pesticides.
Strawberries: The best berries ever created, strawberries, boast impressive health benefits. They give you phyto nutrients, vitamins, essential minerals. They are tender, juicy, and best eaten fresh. Cooking or baking berries destroys their valuable nutrients.