1.16.2007

Watercress: where it's at

The theme of the past few days has been "self-help." I've been googling the benefits of tai chi, the best ways to stay fit while not changing a thing (I know, I know, it is too good to be true), and then tonight, I stumbled upon this:

The top 10 detox foods:
1. Green leafy vegetables. Eat them raw, throw them into a broth, add them to juices. Their chlorophyll helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides) and is an all-round liver protector.
2. Lemons. You need to keep the fluids flowing to wash out the body and fresh lemonade is ideal. Its vitamin C - considered the detox vitamin - helps convert toxins into a water - soluble form that's easily flushed away.
3. Watercress. Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps move things through your system. And cress is rich in minerals too.
4. Garlic. Add it to everything - salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the bulb's cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes that help filter out junk.
5. Green tea. This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more fluids into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity.
6. Broccoli sprouts. Get 'em at your health-food store. They pack 20 to 50 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable.
7. Sesame seeds. They're credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that?s a staple of Asian cooking.
8. Cabbage. There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver; this potent veggie helps activate both of them. Coleslaw, anyone?
9. Psyllium. A plant that's rich in soluble fiber, like oat bran, but more versatile. It mops up toxins (cholesterol too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast.
10. Fruits, fruits, fruits. They're full of almost all the good things above - vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and all kinds of antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, fresh berries, or a perfect pear.

The funny thing about these foods is that:
a. I have no idea what 80% of them would be in French.
b. I'm almost positive that Evelyn eats all 10 everyday. Possibly together. Probably in the form of a brown soup.

Please leave any/all good recipes for such detoxifying foods in the comments section... so that they may perhaps find their way into my kitchen sometime this semester.

2 comments:

Matt said...

I made a kickass stuffed cabbage last week.

sautéed onion, garlic, ground turkey, a little sour cream, cooked basmati rice, paprika, salt, pepper, dash of tomato paste... mix. Take blanched cabbage leaves & wrap a golf-ball sized blob of meat in each leaf. layer the bottom of a baking dish w/ the extra leaves, then put in your cabbage rolls. Cover w/ a can of diced tomatoes & a little Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 F for oh 30-40 min covered, then uncover and bake another 20-30 until GBD (Golden Brown & Delicious).

ev said...

Ha! The funny thing is....that might be true. Keep in mind that steaming veggies is way better for you than eating them raw--but maybe you already knew that. If I were you, I'd just go into a really good market and buy whatever looks fresh and yummy. Here's another yummy thing to do with cabbage: dice a large onion, sautee with some olive oil. dice up your green cabbage, and toss it in after the onions have cooked sufficiently. (if you're feeling adventurous, put in some chili powder...otherwise just s+p is good.) now for the good part: put it on a plate and top it with grated cheese. MMMMMMMMMMMM.
seriously though, even though they tend to me monochrome, soups are so good, and you can make them fatless by starting without oil.