Next time you’re tossing in leftovers and waste into the garbage can, remember that you might just be missing out on some rich nutrients and losing quite some money while you’re at it. Think before you throw.
The Citrus Peel
Squeeze and chuck that’s what we do with most lemons but, you won’t be doing that anymore. Lauren Popeck of Orlando Health Physician Group, believe s that although lemon is your best friend when garnishing dishes and adding flavour to every entrée, the zest of a lemon is more resourceful than we think. “You can expect three grams of fibre in two tablespoons of zest, five times more vitamin C in the peel than flesh, and other essential vitamins and minerals, including riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium,” says Popeck. Her favourite uses for zest: blend into vinaigrette or marinade, toss a piece of peel into smoothies, blend into yogurt or cottage cheese, cereal or add to coffee or tea. It doesn’t just stop with lemons; lime, grapefruit and oranges can used to add tanginess for no extra calories.
The Banana Peel
Recall whenever you’ve had a banana, just as you’re done with the fruit with no regard to that flimsy skin that protects your fruit, you toss it in the bin. Instead of adding it to your pile of waste, consider going ripe. Ripe peels are notably more delicious and softer, boil or cook for a minimum of 10 minutes to soften it (add to smoothies and soups). You can simply purée it to add to any cake batter. For a quick snack, slice and bake the banana (with skin).
The Watermelon Seed and Rind
Give watermelons more credit. Although their red interior makes one hell of a summer snack and enriches you with powerful nutrients. Don’t toss the rind and seeds into the garbage every time you eat it though and use the white part of the exterior in your cooking. Add watermelon rind to smoothies in the blender, chop and add to fruit salad, salsa, chutney or pickle it. As for seeds, you can roast in the oven. Toss in olive oil and salt, roast at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes. Then sprinkle it on your salad for a twist.
The Stocks of Broccoli
“The stalk contains sulforaphane, a phytochemical antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties, protects cells from DNA damage, inactivates carcinogens, and inhibits tumor blood vessel formation,” says Popeck. So, it’s just not the heads your mom should include in your diet. To incorporate it in your meals: Peel, slice, or shred stalks, and eat raw (with salads and dips). Steam, roast, or sauté them, eat as you like. Add to soup or puree them to add to sauce, pesto, hummus.
The Pineapple Core
There’s so much to do with this enriched core, which full of minerals and nutrients. The core inhibits protein digesting enzyme, anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce sinuses and ease arthritis pains. With its anticoagulant properties it has a cancer fighting effect as well. To use it in your cooking; Chop and add to fruit salad, slaw or salsa, blend into smoothies, cut into cubes and freeze for later use, or simply add to water, tea to increase flavor. You may also dice it and add to stir-fry, sauté, add to Greek yogurt for savory dessert, or use it as a seafood marinade.
The Onion Skins
While it’s seems most natural to throw out the skins, you’ll be amazed to hear that those skins contain a phytonutrient that helps fight inflammation, high blood pressure and prevents heart problems. Add onions with skin to stock, chili, soup or sauce (throw away skins before eating).
The Celery Leaves
Use celery leaves in salads, stocks or simply as garnish, a chickpea salad would be the perfect choice to add leaves in. These are not to be discarded, they contain Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin C (what more could you want!).
The Swiss Chard Stems
Being high in glutamine, the stems strengthen your immune system. They also posses iron and fibre too. Schapiro tells us to preheat the oven to 375°F, rinse the stems and pat them dry before beginning to roast them. “Then, simply use one to two teaspoons of olive oil to coat the bottom of a baking dish and lay the stems down in a single layer. After laying the stems down, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the over and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil. Finish baking for about 20 more minutes until the stems are tender and starting to brown.”
The Kiwi Skin
Why are Kiwi skins under appreciated? Besides being extremely good for you (Yes, they are edible!) they contain much Vitamin C. The rough and textured brown skin doesn’t appeal to everyone, so try adding an entire Kiwi to a smoothie to delve into the benefits of the skin.
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