By: Leanne Ely
Okra isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but if you knew how healthy these edible green pods were, I think you might find yourself warming up to them.
Now, I’m from California so I didn’t grow up eating fresh okra. But when I moved to the South, I found out from growing them myself, that they can be enjoyed in so many ways (besides being fried).
Okra is extremely high in fiber and low in calories. It contains Vitamin A , which protects your eye sight, boosts your immunity and protects against certain types of cancers. Okra is also high in B vitamins, vitamins C and K, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.
All of this nutrition in okra can…
• aid in red blood cell production
• help reduce asthma attacks
• reduce blood sugar levels
• promote regularity
• keep your bones strong
• heal stomach ulcers
• improve skin health
A serving of okra will give you an excellent dose of antioxidants as well.
Okra is in season now, so stock up on this nutritious green veggie. Make sure you choose smaller okra over bigger ones (much more tender) and that they are firm, green and crisp when snapped.
You can eat okra raw, blanched, roasted or lightly stir fried. Okra makes amazing pickles, too! And you might not realize this, but you can actually eat okra leaves, too, so don’t throw those away if you’re growing it!
Speaking of healthy eats, and need to get into a swimsuit for your summer vacation, you really should join us for the BRAND NEW Summer 30 Day Paleo Challenge we have going on! We send our Challengers 30 days worth of delicious meals perfect for summer, along with the shopping lists, breakfast and lunch ideas and a how-to guide. We’d love to have you join us over in our private Facebook group, too. Find out more here!