I'm so excited I can barely stand it!
And not just because I made it to Day 6 of Kris Carr's Adventure Cleanse, either, which has actually been easier than I anticipated. Even though I got a cold the day before I started, I seem to be recovering quickly. What's more, my energy level is surprisingly high for having the sneezles. Let's hear it for green smoothies!
No, I'm actually tickled because today, January 30th, is the first EVER National Hug a Jicama Day! (Instituted by yours truly.) :-)
So for all you jicama lovers out there, just pin (or tweet) your fave vegetarian jicama recipe and tag it #HugAJicama, and I'll retweet and/or repin. (Today only!)
If you aren't as over the moon about jicama as I am, well, I can only assume it's because you haven't fully experienced the insane versatility, awesome nutrition, and sweet crunch of this amazing, yet unsung vegetable. Which is exactly why it needed its own holiday! (Click here to see if your favorite veggie has its own special day.)
A member of the pea family, jicama is sweet, juicy, and crunchy. It pairs beautifully with both fruits and vegetables, acts as a cooling counterpoint to spicy dishes, and makes a perfect partner for dips.
That said, jicama does harbor a sinister secret. At least, if you happen to be a fish. (Seriously, click here to find out why.)
Jicama Nutritional BenefitsFor humans, though, jicama is a nutritional home run. In one cup of slices, you get
- 40% of your vitamin C
- 24% of your fiber
- A healthy dose of prebiotic (yep, prebiotic) fiber to feed the good bacteria in your gut
4 Creative Ways to Enjoy Jicama
1. Healthy Super Bowl Dipper
|Easy Guacamole with Chile-Lime Jicama Chips|
2. Scrumptious Snack Sticks
|Jicama Sticks 3 Ways|
3. Salad (or Veggie Tray) Bling
4. Raw-some taco shells
|Raw Vegan Tacos with Jicama Shells - Idea and fab photo courtesy of Heather at Gluten-Free Cat|
And of course, jicama is delicious in salads, too:
|Strawberry and Jicama Salad with Sweet Macadamia Dressing (Oil Free)|
So what are you waiting for?
Click here to learn how to pick the best jicama (and store it properly).
Not sure how to peel it? Here are some step-by-step directions (with pictures).
When you're done with all that, in honor of National Hug a Jicama Day, I have a kicky Mexican-inspired jicama salad recipe, perfect to serve at your next fajita night. Check back soon!
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