National Garlic Day: Benefits and Recipes

Garlic: it’s great for more than just warding off vampires. While garlic does make for a tasty addition to tons of dishes – pizza, pasta, oven-roasted veggies, you name it – it offers many health benefits, too. In fact, its use in the medical field has been recorded in important civilizations across the world dating back five millennia. Just one ounce of garlic contains all these nutrients:

  • Manganese: 23% RDA
  • Vitamin B6: 17% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 15% RDA
  • Selenium: 6% RDA
  • Fiber: 0.6 grams
  • 42 calories
  • 1.8 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of carbohydrates

Benefits of garlic:

  • High doses can reduce blood pressure
  • Can boost immune system
  • Can improve cholesterol levels
  • Rich with antioxidants
  • May protect against cell damage and aging
  • Adds flavor

Here are 4 unique recipes that make garlic the star of the dish. Brighten up your upcoming meals with one or all of these flavorful, healthy recipes.

Indulge in an easy, creamy garlic soup. In less than 2 hours you will have 6 servings of soup that you can eat for lunch or dinner. Check out the recipe by Katie Wells on her Wellness Mama blog.

Enjoy a garlic herb homemade vinaigrette in minutes that can be used to brighten a salad, pasta, tuna salad, or chicken salad. Check out the recipe by Registered Dietitian, Amanda Finks, on The Wholesome Dish blog.

Kale chips are a healthy snack for everyone in the family. Make 4 servings of Sesame Garlic Kale Chips in under 30 minutes and be ready to snack away. Check out Jeanette’s recipe on Jeanette’s Healthy Living blog.

Eat a decadent creamy roasted garlic and spinach orzo dish that is under 300 calories per serving. Check out the recipe on Taste of Home.


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