DID YOU KNOW....
Researchers at the US Agricultural Service found eggplant to be a phenomenal source of antioxidants (those compounds that go around and cleanse the body of free radicals).
In particular, eggplant contains a nutrient called "chlorogenic acid", which is considered one of the most effective antioxidants available anywhere.
Chlorogenic acid (CA) is a phenolic compound widely found in fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, carrots, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes) and in coffee and tea.
Eggplant also is cholesterol free, contains almost no sodium (7mg in one whole eggplant) and rates low on the glycemic index chart. Foods that have a low glycemic index don't raise blood sugars as quickly as other foods that contain carbohydrate. The fiber count is a w.
All the Best,
Gilda Pérez, L.Ac,
Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist
179 S Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Thinly sliced eggplant rounds sprinkled with homemade smoky seasoning and slow roasted until crisp.
Crisp Eggplant Chips with Smoky Seasoning
Author: Leanne Vogel
- 2 eggplants, sliced thin
- Coconut oil spray or avocado oil spray
- ½ tablespoons smoked paprika
- ½ tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried ground sage
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 250F and set aside 4 large cookie sheets.
- Slice the eggplant using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife. The slices should be as thin as a potato chip.
- Place completed slices on cookie sheets. Once all slices are on the sheets, spray with coconut oil or avocado oil spray on one side. Then, sprinkle each slice with seasoning.
- Once complete, flip over each eggplant slice and repeat with a spray and season.
- Place in the oven to bake for 50-60 minutes, depending on how thin you sliced them. If you make them too thick, they can take upwards of 2 hours to complete