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12 in 2012: February

February 28, 2012

I thought it would be fun to start a project here about very realistic ways to enrich our lives in 2012. I want to choose simple things from our own lives that can easily be incorporated into your life, without making a drastic change or asking you to give up something. Instead of saying, “Do this, not that,” I’m saying, “Here, have a cookie.”

February: Bok Choy

Whether you enjoy green veggies or not, we can all agree we need to eat more of them. If you haven’t already fallen for bok choy, might I suggest swapping out your stringy celery and bitter raw broccoli for this smooth, crisp green?

“Bok choy is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and it is uniquely beneficial for its calcium availability. […] 54% of the calcium in bok choy can be absorbed by the human body – compare this to 5% in spinach […], and 32% in milk. We can much more readily absorb calcium from bok choy than from dairy products.”

You’ll easily find this healthful and flavorful cruciferous vegetable in your grocery store. We prefer baby bok choy for snacking, but the full-size stalks (tall like celery) are great, too. Good in smoothies, stir fry, or raw with a little nut butter or dip.

  • Healthy: The benefits of this green veggie are numerous.
  • Fun: I think you’ll also enjoy eating it.
  • Inexpensive: In the summer, you’ll find bundles of it at your Farmers’ Market for $1-$2.
  • Kid (and grown-up) Friendly: If a 3-year old likes to eat it, surely we can learn to do so, too!

To get started, visit this top 10 list of ways to enjoy bok choy

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