Eggplants are the funny looking vegetable with the even funnier sounding name. Eggplants are typically deep purple and an egg shape, and harvested right before autumn swings into full gear. Many people are not familiar with the benefits eggplant provides, which is too bad considering they are full of wonderful possibilities! If you want to know more about eggplants and their uses, take a look below at 7 uses for eggplants that you can try.
7 Uses for Eggplants
First, take a look at the health benefits this purple veggie provides….
1. Keep your mind sharp.
Phytonutrients (big word alert!) are chemicals that help protect the brain from damage. Lucky for you, eggplants are full of this chemical. Enjoy some eggplant in your meal and you can count on having a little extra protection to your most valuable organ, your brain!
2. Digest a little easier.
Fiber is the perfect way to keep your digestive system healthy. Eggplant is chock full of healthy fiber and so by eating it, you are getting the fiber your body needs so badly. A little eggplant will give you all the fiber you need to stay regular, feel full, and just keep the digestive tract in check.
Now, let’s talk about how it can amp up your beauty routine….
3. Stay hydrated.
Like watermelon, eggplant is made up mostly of water. Because of this, eating one can help keep you hydrated and make your skin just glow. When you are well hydrated, you naturally look healthier and more beautiful.
4. Make nails and hair look their best.
Because eggplant is full of vitamins and minerals, consuming some can help your hair and nails be healthy and looking their best. Forget pricey beauty products, just enjoy some eggplant and watch your nails and hair respond.
5. Keep skin cancer at bay.
Just like eggplant can protect your brain from damage, it can also keep some types of skin cancer at bay. Enjoy eggplant with your meal and you not only get a tasty meal, it could reduce your risk!
So what else can eggplant do? Make a great meal of course….
6. Grill it in place of meat.
If you want a frugal meal that still is hearty, substitute eggplant where you would normally enjoy meat. You can season eggplant with seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic, and grill seasonings then place on the grill. Enjoy an eggplant burger or put some on a skewer along with other veggies for tasty kabobs.
7. Chunk it and freeze it for…well…everything!
You can cut eggplant into chunks and freeze it for use in just about everything. Season it and add it to pasta dishes and pasta sauces, grind it up and season it with taco seasonings and use in place of ground beef, add it to soups and stews, and even chili if you wish. Anywhere you use veggies, you can use eggplant.
See how easy it is to get multiple uses out of the abundance of eggplants available this time of year? If you haven’t explored eggplants before, now is the time to give them a try. They are truly a treasure with a number of uses you just won’t be able to get enough of!