Rhubarb is a Super Food?

Rhubarb is a Super Food?

When Super Foods come to mind, rhubarb may not be floating around with the broccolis and the kales. But you may be overlooking a nutritional powerhouse that is easy to grow and to use in recipes. In fact, rhubarb has been considered a super food long before "Super Foods" existed. Historically, it has been used a laxative and to reduce fevers, among other unique uses.

Rhubarb is a Super Food?

Why is it super today? It is low in carbs, high in vitamin C, fiber and potassium. It is said to speed up metabolism and aid weight loss. Rhubarb is even being used in studies to treat hot flashes.

And seeing as rhubarb is abundant this time of year, let's get some into our diets, shall we?

Believe it or not, rhubarb is all the rage with gourmet chefs. Not just used in pies anymore, you'll find mouth-watering recipes like Roast Pork with Rhubarb Chutney (which also uses many healthful spices, like cinnamon and ginger) and Scalloped Rhubarb (complete with the Super walnuts).

My mother-in-law makes a simple rhubarb recipe that can be used a number of ways. Chop a pound or so of rhubarb stalk (the leaves are toxic, so throw them away), sprinkle generously with sugar (I'd use sucanat) and put them in a pot, the bottom of which is covered with enough water to keep the rhubarb from burning. Add about 1 teaspoon of vanilla or to taste, and cook until tender. Sweeten with more sugar to taste. She uses this either on toast or just eats it with toast on the side, but it is also delicious over ice cream. Hmmmm . . . maybe blended into oatmeal?

Rhubarb Bread is a great way to get your whole grains, and the first recipe for the bread machine includes whole wheat flour, although I'd use sprouted spelt. And how about the Mayo Clinic's Rhubarb Pecan Muffins?

For me, the trick to balancing the benefits of rhubarb with the negatives of the baked goods it is often used in is to cut way back on the amount of sugar the recipes call for, to use sucanat instead of sugar and use sprouted whole grains instead of white flour. And everything in moderation, of course!

Do you have a favorite healthy way to use rhubarb?

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