The Wonderful Eggplant

The kids first day of school is tomorrow and they are having mixed feelings of excitement and sadness because the summer is over.  They both got new backpacks this year and have them all filled with notebooks and pens ready to go.

We got to do so many things together this summer and were able to cross everything off their summer to do list.  It was a wonderful summer.



Because it is the last day before they start school, I want to make them a nutritious dinner so their brains are ready for tomorrow.  I am making my eggplant lasagna that they love.  Eggplants are great vegetables with so many benefits for everyone.

Here are some healthy facts about eggplants that will make you want to add them to your regular diet.

Eggplants have essential nutrients that your body needs like iron, calcium, and many other minerals.

Eggplant skins contain essential phyto nutrients that improve blood circulation and nourish the brain; perfect for back to school after a summer of fun.

Eggplants have fiber to protect and regulate the digestive tract.

For many years eggplants were used to control and manage diabetes.  With research it was proven because of the high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content.

Eggplants are high in bioflavonoids that control high blood pressure and relieve stress.  Good for those first day of school jitters.

Regular consumption of eggplants can also help prevent blood clots because of the vitamin K and bioflavonoids that strengthen capillaries.


I believe that a good dinner and breakfast are the key to a successful day at school for children.  Food fuels the brain and the body so that it performs to its highest capability.  I am lucky I taught my kids at a young age to like foods that are good for their bodies and minds.  Now Hannah and Liam prefer “healthy” food over junk food, almost all the time :).

It makes me proud to see them make good choices and grow stronger and bigger each year.

I am sure tonight is going to be the “I don’t want to go to school, I want it to be summer longer,” but with this dinner and homemade ice cream for dessert, it should make it a little more bearable for them.

Happy first day of school for all the other kids out there!

Go green and stay keen,

Julie


10 comments:

  1. I love eggplant - this was a really interesting post!

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  2. Yum. I love eggplant, and eggplant lasagna sounds delicious. I knew it was good for you, but I had no idea how many great health benefits. My oldest started school last week, and he is so tired when he gets home, he definitely needs to refuel with good food like this.

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    1. That's a great idea, everyone needs a little eggplant now and then to recharge their batteries :).

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  3. Another eggplant lover here.. I want it to be summer longer too. .. still not ready for winter.

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    1. I heard this winter will be pretty mild so hopefully we can have a bit of both!

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  4. I love eggplant and it's good to know that it offers many health benefits. I didn't know that it can help manage diabetes. I will share this with my dad.

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    1. Yep, eggplant can be a huge help though it may not be a replacement for medication.

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  5. Eggplant is such a healthy veggie. I love that it's so versatile too. It absorbs flavor really well. I love cooking with it.

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    1. Beautiful and flavorful! What's not to love?

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