The health-promoting properties of aloe vera have been well known since the dawn of time, and as a result, over the years there has been a plethora of recipes with this rather inconspicuous plant in the leading role. How can you use aloe vera in your home kitchen? Here are some healthy and tasty ideas!
Aloe vera – a source of nutritional value
Aloe vera is a plant native to northern Africa, whose medicinal and cosmetic properties have become the subject of much research. Its qualities were used as early as in ancient times, for example, by the famous Greek scholar – Hippocrates. In fact, aloe vera is a great source of various nutrients. The plant stores its treasures in fleshy leaves consisting of 96 percent water. However, the remaining 4 percent contains nearly 270 biologically active compounds. In addition, aloe provides easily digestible proteins, various vitamins, minerals, as well as glycosidic compounds. Such a rich and diverse composition makes the plant a true friend of the human body. How can it be used in home cooking?
Aloe vera juice
Drinking aloe vera juice has its own benefits. Among them are, for example, moisturizing the complexion, soothing burning wounds and helping the epidermis regenerate. It also supports the digestive system. What’s more, aloe vera juice can be prepared in a variety of guises. Among the most common varieties are aloe vera juice with citrus and aloe vera juice with honey. The method of their preparation is so undemanding that anyone can certainly handle it – even people who shy away from kitchen conquests on a daily basis. Consistent consumption of aloe vera juice 2-3 times a day, one teaspoon each, will certainly benefit our body.
Tincture of aloe vera
It has been confirmed that aloe vera tincture relieves stomach ailments, due to its strong laxative and cholagogue properties. So why not take advantage of it in the home kitchen? At the outset, however, it is worth paying special attention to the fact that aloe vera leaves used for making preserves should be older than two years, but at the same time younger than five years. So it is good to know their exact age.
In addition to the previously mentioned health properties, aloe vera tincture will also provide us with an unforgettable taste experience. In summary, this is an item that you simply must use in your kitchen!
Oatmeal with aloe vera and fresh fruit
Although aloe vera pulp does not have a specific taste, but accompanied by fresh fruit, it can be a perfect complement to daily oatmeal. In this way, we will enjoy the taste of fruit while smuggling the health-promoting properties of this medicinal plant into our breakfast. The best thing is that such a meal gives us almost unlimited room for creativity – just prepare your favorite version of oatmeal, and then enrich it with aloe vera.
Vegetable salad with the addition of aloe vera
The aloe vera pulp – although, as we mentioned, devoid of special flavor qualities – will also compose perfectly with vegetables. Vegetable salad is already an extremely valuable and healthy meal on its own, but in combination with aloe vera its properties will enter an even higher level. The plant, which originated in Africa, will go well with vegetables such as iceberg lettuce, celery, tomatoes or red bell peppers. Such a salad is a real vitamin bomb!
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