Servings: 4 as a side dish
Let’s face it – no matter if you live in the north or even the south, it can get quite chilly this winter season, even if just for a few days.
So, it’s important to cook warming foods to kick up the heat in the body to feel good and keep balanced. Check out these warming and super immune-boosting nutrients in this hearts of palm ceviche:
Hearts of palm coming from the good old palm tree, contain lots of Vitamin C, antioxidants to keep those cells healthy, and helps to repair damage from oxidative stress. This could be caused from environmental toxins, too much processed foods, or even just from the body’s natural processes that take place on a daily basis.
Red onion has anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral, and natural anti-bacterial properties-killing those unwanted germs from the “cold season”, and is low glycemic for those watching blood sugar levels. It also acts as a lubricant to wash out the dirt from the eye. This onion gives some zing, a strong, sharp taste providing extra heat, as opposed to the other onions. Also, the red onion has less sugar than other sweeter versions.
Limes are really great for their high Vitamin C content and antioxidant properties. It’s so refreshing, you could even flavor your water naturally by slicing up some limes and throwing it right into your water-without all the extra calories or sugars that are in processed flavored beverages.
Get ready to Sprinkle in some powerhouse spices and herbs!
Cumin is an excellent source of iron, an immune booster, and benefits the digestive system and nutrient assimilation. It also enhances the liver’s detoxification system, and is a good source of calcium and magnesium.
Coriander improves skin inflammation, reduces high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, indigestion, anemia, blood sugar disorders, and eye care.
Garlic has cardio-protective benefits, contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also improves iron metabolism giving the body energy when required. Regarding cooking-it’s best used near the end to retain all of its valuable nutrients.
Cilantro is a great detoxifier for heavy metal cleansing, is antibacterial, and a good dose of Vitamin K to help with blood clotting.
Tomatoes lower your risk for cancer due to their high lycopene content. If you find it too acidic to be eaten raw-try cooking it!
Avocado is a superfood providing a good source of pantothenic acid, fiber, Vitamin K, copper, folate, Vitamins B5 & B6, potassium, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C. Some of us even put it on our lips as a natural chapstick, or use as a natural facial for smooth skin.
Jalapeno is high in Vitamin C to keep a strong healthy immune system and the heat comes from the natural plant compound capsaicin, which offers very powerful health benefits. This can include improvement of arthritis, nasal congestion, headaches, and high blood pressure.
Salt is a necessary nutrient in small amounts, to help the heart function properly by providing overall electrolyte balance. Also, it’s important for the process of digestion and absorption.
Pepper also improves digestion and intestinal health by increasing hydrochloric acid secretion. It can also help prevent gas, and promote sweating and urination.
Does this recipe sound a little too spicy for your sensitive tummy? You could always use a sweeter onion, and take out the jalapeno to make it less “picante y caliente” as they say! While some like it hot and spicy, the best part is you could always be creative in the kitchen, and substitute ingredients to your preference.
15 ounces hearts of palm
1/4 medium red onion, finely diced
Juice of 2 limes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 plum tomatoes, cut into medium cubes
1/2 avocado, diced medium
1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
First, cut the hearts of palm into 1-inch slices, then cut each slice in quarters.
Next, in a medium bowl, toss together the hearts of palms and the red onion. Add the lime juice, cumin, coriander, and garlic.
After, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Finally, remove from the refrigerator and gently mix in the diced tomatoes, avocado, jalapeño, and chopped cilantro.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Source: OneGreenPlanet.org