This Plant-Based Monday we’re talking okra or in many parts of the world known as ladies’ fingers. How many of you love okra as much as we do? Often okra is battered or fried, but there are many different ways to enjoy the health benefits of okra. It is great in soups, sides, pickled, and mixed in with a variety of recipes. It looks like a small green pod that grows upright at the top of a stalk. The texture is often a bit crunchy with a fuzz like layer on the outer skin. Okra has a similar taste to eggplant, in that it has that soft, kinda slimey (in a delicious way) flavor!
Here’s why you should be eating okra:
- It is a excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and manganese.
- Okra is a good source of fiber, at 3 grams of fiber per one cup. Fiber helps promote proper digestive health.
- It is high in phytochemicals, which have been shown to help fight some cancers.
- Some studies suggest that it may even help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- Due to its high content of vitamin K, okra may help prevent osteoporosis.
Here are 3 delicious plant-based okra recipes for you to check out!
- Spicy Oven-Roasted Okra
- Okra With Tomatoes
- Charred Shrimp and Okra Bowl