Keeping Me Strong All Night Long

Radish season is almost over in my dad’s garden, and I needed to figure out what to do with all the left over radishes. I eat them in my salad every day, but there are so many of them that there is no way I could go through the bags of radishes before they would go bad in the refrigerator. So, I decided to try a new healthy dish that included this crunchy vegetable. These little red orbs are healthy for men and women, because they are loaded with the mineral iodine.

Iodine controls the function of thyroid glands in humans, which in turn has a significant influence on the metabolic process in the body. The health benefits of iodine helps in utilizing calories, and helping the body store excess fat for later. If your thyroid gland is not functioning properly a person can gain or lose a lot of weight for no particular reason. The thyroid gland also will give you a lot of energy if it is hyper active or stop you dead in your tracks if it is slow. So, it is important to seek out foods that supply you with a good amount of iodine to keep your thyroid healthy (radishes, seaweed, and celery are good examples of foods high in natural iodine). The following recipe is loaded with radishes to help you get that daily dose of iodine in your diet.

Keeping Me Strong All Night Long Salad

1-cup white beans

1 lemon, juiced

3 tsp. lemon zest

3 tbsp. olive oil

¼ tsp cumin

¼ cup parsley

1 garlic clove, minced

6-8 radishes, cut thin as paper, and left round

3 Persian cucumbers, cut thin, round, and then cut in half

1/3 cup red onion, minced

Salt/pepper to taste

Mix together the beans through garlic and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour. After the beans have marinated add the radishes, cucumbers, onions, salt, and pepper.  Then, stir the  salad until all the vegetables are covered in dressing.

Serve cold as a side to dinner or a light lunch.


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