Enhancing Health with Bok Choy Stir Fry: Digestive Benefits and Weight Management
Bok Choy is great to add some variety to the greens required in a healthy, balanced diet. This is a quick and easy dinner that's not only healthy but really tasty as well. If you have some Bok Choy in your fridge but lack inspiration or look at it every time you go to the grocery store then pick some up and give this a try.
Shiitake mushrooms are great for improving immunity so a perfect winter ingredient or when you're in need of a boost. This recipe works as part of a detox diet plan.
Ingredients – Serves 2
1 bunch Bok Choy, washed
2 cups shiitake mushrooms
1 red capsicum
1 yellow or white onion
Protein of your choice, chicken, beef or prawns
2 Tbsp oil (coconut oil is best for high heat, could also use olive oil if you add the food before it gets too hot)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp cashews
2 tsp tamari sauce (soy sauce)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
Slice all vegetables. Heat oil in pan and sauté onion and capsicum. Add meat or prawns if using and cook thoroughly. Add mushrooms, then Bok Choy and 1⁄4 cup water. Cover to steam. Turn off heat. Add 2 tsp tamari, 1 Tbsp sesame oil. Stir and toss with sesame seeds and cashews. Serve straight away.
Hungry boys can have this meal with a portion of rice. If you're aiming for weight loss or a lighter meal the prawns and vegetables make an easy, balanced weight loss meal.
Benefits of Digestive Enzymes:
This recipe is not just delicious but also beneficial for your digestive health. The ingredients in this stir fry, particularly bok choy, are known for aiding the production of digestive enzymes. These enzymes are crucial for breaking down food efficiently, aiding in nutrient absorption, and maintaining overall digestive health.
Gut health is critical, and this recipe offers a great way to support a balanced gut microbiome. Gut dysbiosis, an imbalance in gut bacteria, can lead to various health issues. The fibre and nutrients in bok choy, coupled with the use of minimal processed ingredients, help in promoting a healthy gut environment.
Metabolic Balance Recipes:
For those focusing on metabolic balance, this Bok Choy Sesame Stir Fry can fit into your diet plan. Use the weights on your plan, use shiitake mushrooms or another protein on your list. Save tamari, sesame seeds and cashews until phase 4. It's a recipe that aligns with the principles of eating whole, unprocessed foods that support your body's natural metabolic processes, crucial for overall wellness.
Losing Weight at 40:
As metabolism often slows down after the age of 40, incorporating healthy, nutrient-rich recipes like this stir fry can be beneficial for weight management. It's low in calories yet high in nutrients, making it an ideal meal option for those looking to maintain or lose weight in their forties.