Baby Bella Watercress toast

Here are some quick facts and benefits of Watercress. If you aren’t eating it, you should be!

A nutrient-rich perennial plant growing naturally around slow moving water sources, watercress has been known for centuries as an exceptionally nutritious herb for both eating and healing. Used in sandwiches, salads, and steamed as a side dish, it adds a tangy, peppery flavor as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins – more than that of spinach, milk or oranges.

Vitamins A, C, and K, and phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and gluconasturtiin in watercress strengthen bones, limit neuronal damage, fight infection, help maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency. Studies have found the compound PEITC in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells.

You can find this oft-overlooked leafy green in most supermarkets, so give it a try when you make your next green salad or sandwich. Remember, watercress from stagnant water may host harmful parasites or pathogens, so rinse and soak well before eating.

 

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Ingredients:

1 slice Ezekiel Bread

3 baby bella mushrooms sauteed

1/3 avocado ~ sliced or mashed

4 sprigs chives

2 cherry tomatoes cut into halves

1 slice colby jack cheese, if desired

as much watercress as desired

sprinkle of chia seeds

 

Directions:

  1. sautee mushrooms, watercress, and chives in a small skillet with grass fed butter
  2. toast bread in toaster oven or toaster
  3. add cheese to warm bread and top with sauteed mushrooms, watercress, and chives
  4. add avocado and tomatoes on top and sprinkle with chia seeds
  5. salt and pepper to taste

 

 

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