Watercress is often used as a garnishment in restaurants and left aside by many people, watercress doesn’t really fulfill it’s real purpose. But this leafy green is definitely a superfood as it's very low in calories, sodium, cholesterol and in saturated fats and it's bursting with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants!
Watercress derives its name from the fact that it originally grew along slow moving rivers or water sources. This special, crispy and peppery tasting vegetable is a member of the cruciferous family, just as kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts which are all known for its anticancer powers. Watercress also promotes vision and overall eye health because of the fact that it contains high levels of carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin), it can help to reduce eczema, it helps to prevent the development of coronary artery disease and heart attacks and it cleanses the blood stream and flushes out toxic elements from the digestive system. Not to forget that watercress is believed to be an aphrodisiac, a good cure for a hang-over and a great remedy for hair loss!
So incorporate the benefits of watercress with some of the following suggestions:
- Watercress is most beneficial when consumed fresh and raw, so toss some watercress into your salads
- Prepare a great watercress soup (place watercress in the water after reaching the boiling point to prevent the nutrients getting destroyed by overheating
- Make a delicious herb butter by using watercress
- Use watercress in the preparation of sauces such as a tasty and healthy dipping sauce
- Use watercress in stir fries, quiches and pastas
- Steam watercress leaves in order to eat them as a vegetable.
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