In honor of National Nutrition Month, we at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM want to share some information about an important part of your diet that can have a positive impact on the health of your feet. A category of vegetables known as cruciferous, can help decrease inflammation—a symptom of several foot ailments such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis and sesamoiditis. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in phytonutrients, which are plant-based compounds that have been shown to lower inflammation. Many cruciferous vegetables are also high in Vitamin C—another inflammation fighter. So, who are these wonder-working veggies? Broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, arugula, collards, radishes and watercress all are members of the cruciferous family.
Below are some creative ways to work some of these helpful vegetables into your meal plans:
Cauliflower—chances are you most often have had this vegetable steamed or maybe covered in a less-than-healthy cheese sauce but there are way more exciting ways to prepare it. Cut in slabs or steaks and try roasting in the oven. You can also mash it as a substitute for potatoes or grate into a pizza crust. Pickling florets will give you a crunchy, salty snack that’s low in calories and high in flavor.
Brussels sprouts—roast or slowly caramelize in a sauté pan. You can also shave them or buy them shaved to use raw in a salad.
Kale—this versatile veg does not wilt in salads, making it great for a pack ahead lunch. Cut out the tough stem and add some carrots, dried fruit or apples for a bit of sweet to balance the kale’s bite. You can also bake kale leaves into crispy chips or add to smoothies.
Arugula—a green with some kick, arugula packs a spicy punch. Puree it into a pesto or wilt onto a pizza after it comes out of the oven. It is also great to add to any kind of tossed salad. Try with watermelon and feta cheese for a flavorful and refreshing side dish.
A nutrient-rich diet is just one aspect of maintaining the health of your feet and ankles. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms in your lower extremities or have questions about the proper care of your feet, contact our Somers Point office by calling: 609-927-4894. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, can help you discover more ways to be proactive in taking care of your feet.