Summer is really just another way of saying farmer's market season, right? Produce bought in-season contains more nutrients than their shipped-in counterparts, and are less likely to contain preservatives. Arugula is one of the great leafy greens you can find at your local market - here's why it's so healthy.
- If you’re hitting the gym or getting active outside this summer, the natural nitric oxide in arugula can help your body utilize oxygen more efficiently and get a better workout. Those of us interested in lowering blood pressure may also benefit from eating more nitric oxide rich foods.
- No one wants a summer cold - arugula's got you covered with sulforaphane, an immune supportive compound which helps your liver with its natural detoxification processes.
- Your bones will also thank you for munching on arugula. It's packed with vitamin K, which is great for bone health and is essential to blood clotting.
So, how do you get more arugula in? Its pepperiness makes excellent salads, is delicious in omelets and frittatas, as an arugula and walnut pesto, and packed on whole grain flat breads. Yum!