I just had the most delicious salad at Mixt in San Francisco. It was based on arugula and contained 2 different colors of freshly cooked beets, toasted nuts, balsamic vinegar, and a little goat cheese. Hungry yet? It was my dinner and it was so filling and delicious. So it inspired me to get Lisa Andrews, MEd, RDN, to write some social media messages that our health professional readers can use in social media. I think these are her best yet!
Arugula is cruciferous vegetable and is also known as garden rocket or rucola. Its origin can be traced back to the Mediterranean.
Arugula contains a powerful anti-oxidant known as sulforaphane, which is also found in broccoli. Sulforaphane may help prevent cancer.
Arugula is also a source of chlophyll, which give it its green hue. Chlorphyll has been found to block heterocyclic amines, chemicals produced when food is grilled that are linked with cancr.
Arugula is also a source of fat-soluble vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting and bone health.
Arugula has a bitter, peppery taste which adds an interesting flavor to salads and pizza.
Arugula and beets are a complementary flavor and color pair. Place fresh-roasted beets over arugula for a beautiful salad and flavor sensation!