Cactus Recipes

Nopal (Prickly Pear Cactus) for Type II Diabetes January 28 2016, 0 Comments

When 85 g of nopal was added to typical Mexican breakfasts, it reduced glucose levels for several hours and favorably altered the glycemic index of 3 different test breakfasts among 36 patients with type 2 diabetes.

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/724058


Nopal Nutrition facts and Health benefits January 24 2016, 0 Comments

Nopal Nutrition facts and Health benefits
From Nutrition and You.com

See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:

Nopales (Opuntia ficus-indica ), raw pads,
Nutrition value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 16 Kcal <1%
Carbohydrates 3.33 g 2.56%
Protein 1.32 g 2%
Total Fat 0.09 g <1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g 5.5%
Vitamins
Folates 3 µg <1%
Niacin 0.410 mg 2.5%
Pantothenic acid 0.167 mg 3%
Pyridoxine 0.070 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.041 mg 3%
Thiamin 0.012 mg 1%
Vitamin C 9.3 mg 15.5%
Vitamin A 457 IU 15%
Vitamin E 0.00 mg 0%
Vitamin K 5.3 µg 4.4%
Electrolytes
Sodium 21 mg 1.5%
Potassium 257 mg 5.4%
Minerals
Calcium 164 mg 16%
Copper 0.052 mg 6%
Iron 0.59 mg 7%
Magnesium 52 mg 13%
Manganese 0.457 mg 20%
Phosphorus 16 mg 3%
Selenium 0.7 µg 1%
Zinc 0.21 mg 5%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 250 µg
Carotene-a 48 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 0 µg

Fried Cactus January 24 2016, 0 Comments

Fried Cactus.
This is an easy way to enjoy fresh nopal cactus.
Fry some potatoes up whatever way you like. diced, sliced.... add some onions too.
When the potatoes are almost done add some cactus and stir it with the nearly cooked ingredients. Give it a couple of minutes. Our cactus does not need a lot of cooking if you even cook it at all. There's no need to cook our cactus until it becomes dark in color, eat it fresh and alive and bright green!
For another cactus treat you can add eggs to the 'water-cactus-onion mix and scramble them in. When the eggs are cooked spoon the mix into warm tortilla shells and have them as breakfast burritos.
Fried Cactus with Potatoes

Benefits of Cactus leaf in the diet January 24 2016, 10 Comments

Benefits of Cactus Leaf in the Diet

by Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Medi

 

Prickly pear cactus, a member of the genus Opuntia, also known as nopal cactus, grows in warm, arid parts of the world. It produces leaves -- actually flattened stems known as pads -- between four to 16 inches long. Prickly pear offers a variety of practical benefits. For example, the sap from the pads repels mosquitoes and is a remedy for minor cuts and burns, according to the University of California Cooperative Extension. Cactus leaf also offers certain nutritional and other health benefits, including:


Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Activity

Including cactus leaf in your diet may boost your antioxidant levels, according to a study published in the January 2006 "Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology." Researchers found that prickly pear cactus demonstrated strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

Cancer Prevention

Prickly pear cactus leaf offers potential anticancer benefits, according to a tissue-culture study published in the February 2013 issue of the journal "Food and Function." Antioxidants and other active components of prickly pear induced early cell death in human breast and colon cancer cells, with a more pronounced effect occurring in colon cancer cells. Prickly pear also showed robust anti-inflammatory activity that might prevent cell damage and contribute to its anticancer benefits.

Blood Sugar Control

Cactus leaf combined with exercise improved insulin sensitivity -- the appropriate response of cells to insulin -- in an animal study published in the March 2013 "International Journal of Molecular Science." Results showed that a group that ate diets supplemented with 5 percent prickly pear cactus by weight and participated in a swimming program had significantly lower blood sugar and fasting insulin levels compared to a group that ate a high-fat diet and did not exercise. Prickly pear also activated a gene that increases metabolic activity and fat burning.

 

Dietary Uses

To prepare fresh cactus leaf, scrape the spines off and peel back the skin to reveal the fleshy meat. Add fresh prickly pear cactus leaf, which has a flavor similar to that of green beans, to vegetable and fruit salads, soups or omelettes. You can also boil or fry cactus leaf.
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John's cactus salsa January 21 2016, 0 Comments

Cactus Salsa Recipe

  John's Cactus Salsa Recipe
 
All of the ingredients can be adjusted for taste.
 
Ingredients:
two pounds of cactus prepared and diced
a lot of diced tomatoes, or a couple cans of diced tomatoes
three or four pickled jalapeno peppers (or to taste)
three cloves or more (to taste) of garlic
an onion or two, diced
a can each of red kidney, black bean, and pinto beans
a can of sweet corn
pinch of basil
a bunch of chopped cilantro
quarter cup of olive oil
couple dashes of salt and some ground black pepper will add flavor
a handful of shelled sunflower seeds, shelled and crushed pumpkin seeds, or crushed pine nuts, or any mix of them
 
For a real crowd pleaser at a picnic or party make this cactus salsa ahead of time and allow it to blend its flavors in the refrigerator for a few hours or more.
Just mix all the ingredients above that you can obtain.
Some hot peppers are always in favor here in the Southwest,
but other folks may need it tamed down on the hot peppers some.
One can use this as a dip for tortilla chips, or a relish and garnish on burritos, meat dishes or a general spicy condiment over eggs or other foods.
 

How to make a Nopal Prickly Cactus Smoothie January 21 2016, 0 Comments

 Here's a good cactus smoothie instructional video. This lady makes a nice nopal smoothie.

 


Nopales Con Huevo (Cactus and Eggs) January 21 2016, 0 Comments

The family that cooks together stays together. Even decades from now, this grandmother will be connected to her granddaughters children when they cook this nopales cactus meal, handed down for generations.


PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS by Web MD January 20 2016, 0 Comments

Web MD is a good source for health news. Here they discuss Nopalea cactus which many of our customers say helps control their diabetes.

Prickly pear cactus is used for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is also used to fight viral infections.

How does it work?

Prickly pear cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. Some researchers think that it might also decrease cholesterol levels, and kill viruses in the body.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-880-prickly%20pear%20cactus.aspx?activeingredientid=880&activeingredientname=prickly%20pear%20cactus


Nopal Shake Recipe January 19 2016, 0 Comments

A lady shows her use of powdered cactus, protein powder, frozen berries and fruit juice as a quick and easy way to add some fiber to her diet while taking advantage of the many benefits of the Natural Healing Cactus. Our cactus can be used in place of the powder and some of the juice.


Raw nopal cactus smoothie January 18 2016, 0 Comments

This is much the way we make our nopal cactus smoothies. Raw. Excellent, magnifique!