Cilantro thuvayal with eggplant.

Thuvayal

This dip can be used for chips or a side for rice or a filling for sandwich like peanut butter. It is easy to prepare as well.

Just boil or steam small Indian eggplant about 6 or 7 of them until tender. Add cilantro 1/2 bunch thoroughly washed into a blender with the egg plant and 2 or 3 tablespoons of lemon, crushed black peeper and salt to taste. Blend it and viola the dip is good to go.

Health benefits, the cilantro prevents cataracts and macular degeneration. It also removes mercury from the body that enters through dental fillings. Eggplant has iron which is good to prevent being anemic. Low glycemic index dip to go with anything you want. Good for people with diabetes too.

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Good Fats !

You need good fats to keep you healthy and to absorb the essential fat soluble vitamins for the utilization of the body. To keep your triglyceride levels within norm you need to lower the intake of starchy food. Almonds help to reduce the triglyceride levels. Garlic eatenĀ  fresh just one piece is supposed to lower LDL levels.You can also saute minced garlic with your vegetables too if you can’t stand it raw.

Coconut oil is a good fat that can be used to saute your vegetables. Deep frying any food is not good for the body but when you feel like indulging occasionally use extra virgin organic coconut oil instead of other kinds of processed ones.

Omega 3’s in fish oil or flax seed oil or sesame oil is good for the body. Ghee / butter from grass fedĀ  cows with no antibiotics/no growth hormone is also good. Extra virgin olive oil is good as salad dressing with some black pepper, lemon juice and salt.

As always don’t go overboard with anything.

Nutritional Tips

I like to share some nutritional tips that worked for me.

1. Eat your fruits in empty stomach. Fruits that are more juicy stay in the stomach for about 15 -20 mins and pass to the intestine. So it is best to eat them alone and not combine with any other carbs, proteins or fats.

2. To avoid ear infections, rashes, gastric trouble, allergies, asthma, eczema it is best to avoid cow’s milk.

3. Combining carbs (especially grains) with cow’s milk/cheese is not a good idea if you have milk allergy or even sensitivity.

4. Vegetables that are close to being eaten fresh/raw and gently cooked on stove tops are more nutritious than any kind of processed ones.

5. Steam on stove tops and avoid microwave.

6. Green juices need not have asparagus, rhubarb and Spinach as they can cause build up of oxalic acid (may cause kidney stones) and better to eat cooked not raw.