15th December

Yesterday and today I had the privilege of being able to watch my boys in their school plays. A wonderful reminder of the Christmas story and why we are celebrating this Christmas. School is such an important part of a child’s life. It can shape their experiences throughout life. Hopefully their experiences are good. Sadly memories of today’s vegetable are often not so good. The second in the advent calendar which has been destroyed by overcooking and too much water.

advent calendar 15th

Today we are eating cabbage. We have already talked about red cabbage but today we are looking at green cabbage (and I am going to put savoy, white and sweetheart cabbages in today’s mix so you don’t think I am just trying to fill the days!). Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K (needed for blood clotting), vitamin B6 (needed for normal brain function), manganese (essential for metabolism) fibre, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. A pretty amazing mix of nutrients and there are others in smaller amounts too.

Don’t boil cabbage, it makes it soggy and you lose lots of the water soluble vitamins in the process. You can steam it or, a favourite in our family, is to saute in a tiny bit of butter with some caraway seeds. Mmmm.
I’d love to know which recipes you have tried or any other recipes you use with each of the vegetables in the advent calendar too. Just pop them in the comments 🙂

Published by porternutrition

I am a freelance Registered Nutritionist with NHS, charity and private sector experience. My passion is for improving health without breaking the bank and spending hours chained to the kitchen. I work with all ages but have specific focus on the youngest of the community as they start their food journey.

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