Watercress is an aquatic plant renowned for its vivid green colour and unique peppery flavour. This pretty little delicate green is fortified with more that 15 essential vitamins and minerals, making it one of the most nutrient dense veggies!!
It is also an Alkaline Superfood! If the body is in an acidic state it will seek balance and may do so by drawing nutrients from the bones. When the body is in an alkaline state, you will be less prone to cellular damage and disease. Keeping your body balanced and functioning optimally depends upon both nutrition and exercise, but including lots of alkaline foods in your diet can boost your energy, help you sleep better, slow down ageing, protect against cancer, and keep your mind sharp. Watercress is one such food, as is Apple Cider Vinegar, which I have spoken about before (Even though vinegar is acidic, when we take apple cider vinegar it has an alkaline effect in our bodies)
Anyway, back to Watercress!
Rich in vitamin A and C, a source of folate, calcium, iron and vitamin E. It also contains useful amounts of vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium and iodine and is naturally low in sodium. Due to its high water content (93%) it is low in calories. It contains very little carbohydrate and fat but provides some protein!
Anyone remember doing this at school??
Beetroot also has fantastic benefits, including being an effective cure for Dandruff!! If you boil beetroot in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff. WHO KNEW?!?
Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth and contains antioxidants
It also contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilise calcium, which is important for bone-health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
The high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the progression of dementia.
Alkaline Watercress and Beetroot Salad
- 3 x beetroots
- 2 handfuls of watercress
- A few chunks of red cabbage
- Handful of cherry toms
- Grated carrot
- Alfalfa Shoots
- Handful of parsley
- Chop the beetroots, cabbage, toms and carrot and mix with some flax oil, himalayan salt, pumpkin seeds and pepper.
- Arrange the chopped washed Watercress, Alfalfa Shoots and preserved lemon around the edges!
- Mine is ready for lunch today! Season with a preserved lemon, Himalayan salt, black pepper and pumpkin seeds!
A little note on Preserved lemons! They are available in jars at healthfood shops, they are not expensive and are a probiotic – they will help your digestive system to stay healthy and much more! I am going to be making my own soon so stay tuned for that!
And finally, I am also going to try this skin rejuvenating smoothie with the rest of the Watercress tomorrow!
Have a Well Weekend! I am off to drink Prosecco tonight with some of my BFF’s! YAY! lots of love Katie xx