Health Watch — Think Green! (Part 4)

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about making your plate look greener — and healthier — with some green foods. Some of these foods may be new to you, while others might be some you don’t think you like. Okra has a bad reputation for being slimy, but it’s worth another try.

Okra is low in calories, high in soluble fiber and contains vitamin A. It’s popular in Southern cooking and goes well with tomatoes, in gumbo, or in Creole recipes. Joyce Barnett, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests you cook okra pods whole until they’re tender, then marinate them for about three hours in the refrigerator in a small amount of vinegar. Drain the okra and top it with chopped onions and tomatoes for a unique, nutritious salad.

Next: Green foods from across the border.

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April 2008

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