Work Your Way To A Healthier Winter
Looking for a fun and delicious way to boost your family’s health this winter? Break out the wok and get the whole family involved in a savory, interactive cooking experience. The wok is a healthier alternative to a traditional frying pan because its curved shape changes the way food is cooked. Since food is pushed to the sides of the wok, excess oil drains off before it is served and the high heat retention of the wok reduces the need for large amounts of oil. You can also try green energy drinks to help control your weight and boost your immune system.
While it is primarily used for stir-frying, the wok can also steam, braise and stew which are all healthy methods of cooking. It’s easy to put together a mouth-watering, immune-boosting meal in a wok. Start with fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano or cilantro. For added flavor, use garlic, lemon juice, lime juice and low-sodium soy sauce. Wok-friendly spices include coriander, cumin, sesame seeds, dried chilies and fennel seeds. Use brown rice instead of white or skip the rice altogether and serve shredded cabbage instead. Pick a healthy oil. Peanut oil works well because it has a high smoke point.
Use your imagination to develop original recipes for your wok. Get the whole family involved in the chopping, dicing and other prep work. Try the following immune-boosting superstars in your wok recipes:
Shitake mushrooms: Commonly grown in Asian countries, the shitake mushroom has a brown or golden cap and a strong, savory flavor. Shitake mushrooms contain high-molecular-weight polysaccharides (HMWP) which are linked to strong immunity.
Reishi mushrooms: This type of mushroom has antiviral and antioxidant properties that make it beneficial for overall health. Look for them in the organic food section of your local grocery store.
Kale: Kale is a superstar in the area of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. One cup of kale provides about 10% of the recommended daily amounts of omega fatty acids. The high fiber content lowers cholesterol.
Broccoli: Cruciferous vegetables are singled out as “must-have” foods for strong immunity and broccoli is the leader of the pack. Broccoli contains cancer-fighting phytochemicals and it is also a rich source of fiber.
Ginger: Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger for good health for more than 2,000 years. Ginger is linked to a myriad of health benefits including increased circulation and regulation of the body’s metabolic rate. For best results, use fresh ginger root and grind it just prior to cooking.
Along with your wok recipes, try making a healthy green drink each morning to start the day out right! To do this, toss some fresh or frozen fruit into a blender with your favorite juice and a scoop of green supplements like All Day Energy Greens. This will make a green energy drink that may help keep you full between meals and can boost your immune system so you can fight off any germs that may come your way.
Proper nutrition provides the foundation for vibrant health. Experiment with low-fat wok meals and green energy drinks that delight your taste buds and boost your immunity.