Radishes - The Ultimate in Snacking
Radishes are one of my favorite snacks. I especially love them with hummus or some fresh guacamole. Okay, I know ANYTHING is good with guac, but if you don't already love radishes, guac is a great way to ease into them.
I usually get radishes fresh with the stems on, clean them up, quarter them and store them in the fridge in a glass container filled with alkaline water. It takes a few minutes to prep them, but they make for a quick, crisp and refreshing snack, especially on these hot summer days!
Read below for some special health benefits from radishes that may surprise you!
- Like other members of the cruciferous family, radishes contain Glucosinolates -- sulfur-containing compounds that have cancer-protective benefits. While they're high in water content, which is great for hydration of our skin and digestion, radishes also serve as a diuretic, so they help to cleanse and flush out toxins from your kidneys.
- Radishes also contain an anti-fungal protein called RsAFP2, which can help with Candida, something that many people have an overgrowth of in their bodies.
- And since they're high in dietary fiber, they naturally help us improve our digestive systems, as well as our liver and gallbladder, because they contain sulfur-based chemicals that increase the production of bile.
All of this helps our bodies with detoxification as well as inflammation, so we can feel better from functioning a little more efficiently. So maybe try subbing out your pita and tortilla chips with some radishes in your crudite for your next guac and dips platter.
XO - Serena