OKRA! This green and unique looking vegetable can be found at many Maryland farmers markets. Though small, okra is full of vitamins and minerals to energize your body and brain. Okra is frequently used in Chinese and Caribbean foods, and has become a hot-ticket health food due to its nutritional qualities.
When cut, okra has small, round pods that are arranged in vertical row. These pods are full of antioxidants and vitamin A. Together, the antioxidants and vitamin A, induce healthy and clear skin. Additionally, okra is high in fiber, which offers the added benefits of diabetes prevention.
Okra can stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing sugar absorption in the intestines. Because of its rich vitamin C content, okra is said to prevent cough and cold and can reduce symptoms of asthma!
Finally, okra is a good source of minerals, including iron, calcium and magnesium. Iron assists in red blood cell and hemoglobin. This is important for the body to avoid fatigue and maintain energy throughout the day. Calcium is essential for strong and healthy bones, as well as healthy heart function! Magnesium helps increase energy, and calms nerves and anxiety.
So, if okra is so healthy…how do I eat it?
You can eat okra raw, but we loved this recipe for “Spiced Okra” from simplyreem.com.