The antioxidant way to cook your veggies ???


We know that eating vegetables are an essential ingredient to a healthy lifestyle, they provide so many sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They are jam packed with goodness while remaining low in calories with little to no fat, and they even have protein. Not to mention they can reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. It really is a no brainer on why you want to diversify your diet with all of the yummy leafy and juice veggies. Now that we are clear on the importance of eating our vegetables there has been a long debate on what is the best way to eat your veggies; should you cook your vegetables, eat them raw, juice them and the list can go on and on.  You want to make sure you are getting the most out of you mineral and vitamin packed veggies, right?  Well, this all depends on how you are prepping them.  

Get this….there has been a scientific review that found steaming your vegetables may boost the nutrition value. It might even make them healthier! Researchers examined 21 studies that focused on how different cooking methods can change the nutritional value of the vegetable. According to the Men’s Health reports, steaming beet {lol. I mean beat} out the other methods.  They found that steaming changes the vegetables antioxidant levels and compounds that may fend off cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even neurodegenerative diseases by a whopping 52%. Other conventional methods of cooking vegetables like boiling, sauteing or roasting can actually break down the antioxidants.  

As I have said before, I have never met a vegetable I don't like and I enjoy eating them all different ways. Roasting happens to be my personal favorite. So at the end of the day, the key ingredient is the vegetable and adding them to your diet as frequent as possible. No matter what cooking method is your favorite {steaming, saute, broil or grill} do your best not to avoid cooking them at high temperatures for long periods of time.  

If you are looking for a way to steam your veggies may I suggest a bamboo steamer basket? PS....I have one and I love it   


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