Ever heard of kohlrabi before?
If not, you better study up – especially if you’re trying to improve your health, lose weight and get fit this year.
Kohlrabi is one of the most beneficial vegetables out there. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it can do wonders for your waistline.
Plus, it’s super easy to cook and eat, too!
What is Kohlrabi?
Officially a member of the turnip family, kohlrabi looks similar to cabbage. It has a round, bulb-like base, with many stems and leaves sprouting upward. It can be purple, white or light green, and its popular sight in Germany and many other parts of Europe. In fact, it’s often referred to as the “German turnip.”
Like many of its cruciferous siblings, kohlrabi can be eaten either raw or cooked, and many say it has a taste similar to broccoli or cauliflower. Both the base and the greens can be eaten.
Green and white kohlrabi tend to be on the sweet side, while purple kohlrabi has a spicier, more biting taste.
The Health Benefits of Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi comes with immense health benefits. It’s extremely low in calories (only 27 per serving) and it has literally no fat or cholesterol in it. This makes it extremely heart- healthy and great if you’re trying to lose weight.
This unique veggie is also chock full of vitamins and minerals. In fact, just a half-cup of the stuff gives you a whopping 70 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C! Other vitamins contained in kohlrabi include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium calcium, iron, magnesium and more. What other veggies can boast those kinds of statistics?
If that weren’t enough, kohlrabi can also help protect you against certain types of cancer, thanks to the phytochemicals and isothiocyanates it contains. It is also:
- Carbohydrate-rich – Now don’t let this scare you. These are good carbs – not carbs that are going to slow down your digestive system and cause you to pack on the pounds. Your body needs these carbs for energy, so you can go about your day, burn those calories and hit the gym!
- Full of fiber – Kohlrabi is also extremely fibrous, with about 5 grams of fiber in every serving. Fiber helps keep your body full, and it staves off cravings for many hours. It’s also good for your digestive system and can help ward off bloating, constipation and other unwanted issues. As an added bonus, it can also reduce the chance of hemorrhoids and colon cancer.
- Metabolism-boosting – B vitamins play a crucial role in your body’s metabolic rate, or the rate at which it burns calories. As kohlrabi is extremely high in the vitamins, if you eat enough of it regularly, you can actually give your metabolism a boost and lose more weight!
- Energy-enhancing – Thanks to its high potassium content, kohlrabi allows your body to better convert glucose into energy. That means a better mood, and more motivation to hit the gym and burn off the day’s calories.
- Good for your immune system – Vitamin C is vital to a strong immune system, and as kohlrabi is full to the brim with it, it can have a major impact on your body’s ability to fight off infection.
- Beneficial for your muscles and nerves – Potassium plays a large role in your body’s muscle and nerve functions. It helps your muscles better store and use carbohydrates, and it impacts the response time of your nerves. As kohlrabi is extremely high in potassium (about 15 percent of your daily recommended value), it can help these functions immensely.
Kohlrabi has also been known to alleviate asthma, acidosis, indigestion and skin problems, and it can even ward off prostate and other types of cancer.
Most traditional grocery stores probably won’t carry kohlrabi, so you may have to go to a health food store or a local farmers’ market. Once you find them, you can opt for white, green or purple, depending on your taste. Just be sure to trim the leaves and stems, wash the bulb and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to consume or cook it.
Once you’re ready to eat your kohlrabi, you have a few options. First, you can simply chop the bulb up and eat it raw. This is good on salads, in stir fry dishes or even just as a snack, dipped in some vinaigrette or hummus. You can also do the same with the leaves and stems.
If you’re not liking the raw taste, you can also juice your kohlrabi or add it to a green smoothie. Be sure you cut it into smaller pieces first; otherwise it could break your machine. You can also make soups and stews around your kohlrabi, like you would cabbage leaves.
Give Kohlrabi a Try
Looking to get healthy? Then kohlrabi may very well be your answer. Give it a try this week and let me know what you think! Be sure to share your favorite kohlrabi recipes in the comments.
Remember to share this article with all the people that you love and care for, so that they can also benefit from this super veggie.
Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!