Auntie Bal made us a delicious super food Palak Saag with Kale, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach and a Pomegranate Salad in her Indian Street Kitchen. Ram packed full of nutritious veggies, these are some of the health benefits of our favourite fresh ingredients to use this season. You can even make sprouts super tasty! (With a little magic of course)
Popeye’s favourite treat, the basis of this beautiful dish, spinach is packed full of brilliant nutrients. Low in fat, even lower in cholesterol, spinach can be used in curries, casseroles, bakes, purees and much more to bring a glorious green colouring and a mild bitter flavour. Great for energy and vitality, spinach is a source of vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, thiamine, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus and, of course, Popeye’s favourite – lots of iron.
This trendy dark green super food is absolutely full of antioxidants and plenty of nutrients. Just like its cousins, cabbage and broccoli, kale can be used in plenty of dishes as a great source of vitamins and minerals. This tasty green veggie contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, protein, omega-3 acids, calcium, iron, plenty of fibre and antioxidants. By being such a great source of fibre, low cholesterol and high in antioxidants, kale can promote a healthy digestive system, especially for those suffering from some diseases or conditions like IBS.
Although it may not be quite as super as kale and spinach, Broccoli still has lots of nutritional benefits. It is particularly useful for vitamin C (having a suspiciously similar amount to an Orange), vitamin K and folic acid; helping to prevent blood clotting and helps to build collagen (which forms body tissue and bone). Broccoli is also a great source of fibre, potassium and antioxidants which help to protect the body from free radicals.
Another member of the cabbage family and notorious blight on the traditional Christmas dinner, these little green monsters can cause havoc at the dinner table (might that be because we usually only steam them). Despite being a common pet hate, Brussels sprouts are actually very versatile, similar to other cabbage relatives, sprouts can go in almost any family dinner (and you can’t even tell if you mask the strong taste with pancetta or cut out the bitter outer leaves). Just like broccoli, sprouts are a good source of vitamin B1 and B6, folate, manganese, copper, choline, potassium, fibre, phosphorus, vitamin C and omega-3.
Gorgeous, distinctive and ruby-red, pomegranate is a jewel in the world of super foods. With a simply sprinkle on our salad, pomegranates can add a plethora of extra nutrients, vitamins and minerals. These sparkling little gems contain plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and some of the most powerful antioxidants you can find in world of fruit (notably tannins). Pomegranates can lower the risk of cardiac arrest and heart problems by lowering blood pressure and improving the body’s blood flow.
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Make sure to grab one of Auntie Bal’s curries in our Indian Street Kitchen Tuesday – Saturday for your lunchtime treat!