Food of the day: GARLIC

Garlic has been used for centuries and is available year round. I love that it needs no refrigeration and lasts about a month. This plant is a delicious addition to many dishes with its unique taste and smell. Garlic is an excellent source of Manganese, B6, and Vitamin C along with many other healthy nutrients. Garlic promotes antioxidant activity and is a great antibacterial and antiviral. Garlic is an amazing food to improve our health along with the flavor of our meals.

Here are some basics about Garlic:

Storage - Store fresh garlic loosely in a cool, dark location; refrigerated garlic may soften and sprout and become bitter.

Preparation - Separate garlic into the individual cloves by gently pressing on the whole garlic with your palm or flat object to pop out the individual bulbs. Smash the bulb under the back part of the knife to loosen the skin. Peel off the excess skin to the smooth bulbs underneath. Slice or chop per your recipe.

Cooking - Garlic's antiviral and antibacterial properties are best when eaten raw. You can add at the end of the cooking or top foods with raw garlic. Most prefer garlic cooked, but adding at the last bit of cooking increases both the flavor and nutritional benefits.

Recipe - Spicy Guacamole

*Tip After cutting garlic, allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the health-promoting allicin to form.

Spicy Guacamole

2 cloves of pressed garlic
2 medium mashed avocados
1 small diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped onion (red)
Lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
cayenne and sea salt to taste

Blend together and serve immediatelyServe with crudités, crackers or tortilla chips. Also a great topping for burgers, sandwiches and soups

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