First, I don’t really like okra as okra, unless it is coated in cornmeal and fried but that is not the healthiest way. So why do I have so much okra? Because I use okra as a secret ingredient in many recipes. Okra has high contents of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate with good amounts of calcium and potassium. It is also filled with antioxidants. Okra has recently been suggested to help manage blood sugar levels. Other benefits linked to Okra are anti-stress, cholesterol lowering, and anti-fatigue.
Chocolate Dreamy Author: Briana Thomas
Serves: 1 THM:FP, low carb, low fat, sugar free, gluten/egg free with nut free option
- 1½ c. crushed ice
- 1 c. frozen diced okra*
- 1 c. unsweetened almond milk**
- ⅓ c. cottage cheese
- 2 T. whey protein powder
- 2 T. half and half
- 1 T. cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ⅛ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (or more, to taste)
- Dash salt
- ¼ tsp. glucomannan
1.Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
*Do not thaw or the shake won’t be as nice and thick! Use store-bought frozen okra, or if you freeze your own, blanch it before freezing to help break it down, cut some of the slime, and get rid of some of the earthy taste.
**I often use a mixture of almond milk and water for economy. If you have a nut allergy but can use coconut products, replace the almond milk with carton coconut milk.
Okra is one of the best medicinal vegetable although it is not everyone’s favorite. You may like to try it if you knew about its immense health benefits:
Anemia: Helps red blood cells production and prevent anemia.
Anti-Cancer: The high antioxidants in okra helps protect the immune system against harmful free radicals and prevent mutation of cells.
Asthma: The high antioxidants and vitamin C content make okra useful for reducing asthmatic attacks.
Bone Strength: Folate in okra builds strong bones and density, preventing osteoporosis.
Cholesterol: The soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, thus also reducing atherosclerosis and the risk of heart diseases.
Constipation: The rich fiber and mucilaginous (slimy) content in okra pods help increase bulk, bind to toxins and ensure easy bowel movements with its natural laxative properties. Regularly eating okra also reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Diabetes: It has insulin-like properties that help to reduce blood sugar level. Eat about 6-8 young, raw okra every day and see your blood sugar level drop significantly.
Gut flora: The fiber helps improve the population of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Immune Booster: The high antioxidants and vitamin C content make okra a good immune booster food that reduce your catching the cough and cold.
Peptic Ulcers: The mucilaginous content provides a temporary coating to the digestive tract and stomach lining while healing the ulcers.
Pregnancy: The rich folate content in okra can help decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in babies.
Skin Health: With good bowel movements, skin health will improve. Helps reduce acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Vision Health: Okra contains beta-carotenes (precursor of vitamin A), xanthin and lutein, all antioxidant properties that are helpful for vision health, preventing eye problems like cataract and glaucoma.