Thai Chicken Slaw- with Peanuts & Thai Dressing
With the (hopefully) hotter months to come, we thought it was time to add a new cold dish to the menu. The Thai Chicken Slaw with Peanuts & Thai Dressing has been scientifically designed and is packed with health-boosting superfoods to help keep your body happy and healthy.
In true Bite Club style, we’ve listed the health benefits of every ingredient that makes up this deliciously nutritious dish.
Chicken is one of the leanest poultry options available, as it has a low-fat content. It is also a fab source of protein, which is essential to build muscle and make it stronger. Protein helps to keep us fuller for longer, which helps in maintaining and losing body weight.
This food falls into the cruciferous vegetable family, which means its low in calories and packed with minerals, vitamins & antioxidants. Cruciferous vegetables have numerous health benefits such as reducing inflammation in the body, improving heart health and regulating blood sugar levels. Red Cabbage helps to boost your immune system as it is a fab source of the antioxidant Vitamin C and helps to fight free radical damage. It is a rich source of Vitamin K, which is essential for bone health and can help to treat osteoporosis.
As mentioned previously, Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family. It is a rich source of the phytochemical lutein, which is great for protecting your eyes. The Vitamin C content in cabbage boosts the action of white blood cells, that helps to kill bacteria and viruses.
There is such a huge amount of health benefits in Cabbage that we couldn’t resist including a third variety in this dish. Cabbage is rich in phytochemicals zeaxanthin and lutein, which helps to protect your eye health.
This veggie is a great source of Vitamin A, which maintains healthy skin, eyes and immune system. Mangetout also contains Vitamin C, this boosts your immunity, wound healing and aids in the production of collagen.
Sweetcorn is a fab source of lutein, an antioxidant which protects your eyes and skin. It is also a source of insoluble fibre which is great for your digestive health.
These legumes are rich in antioxidants and are a great source of the vitamin Niacin, which is essential for energy production. Their high protein and fibre content help to keep you feeling fuller for longer (and to stay away from pesky snacks!). Peanuts contain Vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps to protect cells from free radical damage.
This colourful veggie contains the phytochemical beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. Free radicals accelerate ageing (gasp!) so make sure to eat carrots as part of a balanced diet. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids may help to protect you from certain types of cancer. Eating a diet rich in naturally occurring beta-carotene is thought to be more effective than taking a beta-carotene supplement. As well as preventing ageing, Carrots also maintain your eye health (the whole seeing in the dark thing is starting to make sense now isn’t it?).
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the most talked about food items in the world of health and wellbeing at the moment, and it’s easy to see why! Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV if you’re super cool) contains healthy bacteria that support your gut health. This bacteria can improve your immunity as well as increase your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.
This veggie contains fibre that acts as a probiotic and encourages friendly bacteria to grow in your bowel. Onions may also help to reduce high blood pressure. Studies have shown that onions may help to thin the blood and keep arteries clear of blockages. The phytochemical Quercetin can be found in onions. Quercetin may help to reduce the growth of cancerous cells and prevent bad cholesterol from forming in the coronary arteries, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
This superfood contains heaps of phytochemicals which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a fab source of Copper, which helps to support healthy bones, blood and nervous system. Ginger also contains Manganese, this helps chemical processes in the body such as energy production and also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
This is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet- so we had to include it in this dish! Garlic contains numerous phytochemicals, which many studies have shown can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. Garlic can also help to boost your immune system, as it prompts the production of cells that fight bacteria and viruses. Regular consumption of garlic helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
This herb is a fab source of Vitamin K, this is essential for strong bones and healthy blood. Coriander may also help treat digestive problems such as IBS and bloating.
These add a kick to our Thai Chicken Slaw and have numerous health benefits. Chilli Peppers contain capsaicin, this may help to treat and prevent cancer, fight inflammation and relieve pain.