This recipe was created for all you Trim Healthy Mamas out there trying to eat your okra. There is is drink some people praise that is supposed to taste like a Wendy’s Frosty, even though it contains a cup of okra, but it does not. The people who love this drink must have some magical variety of okra that does not taste like okra, but I couldn’t find that kind. I made myself choke that drink down one day, but couldn’t bring myself to try it again.
But I am determined to complete this okra challenge: 1 cup per day for a week.
Okra supposedly has properties that make it very healing to the gut. This is good news to anyone with an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.
It’s also supposed to jump start weight loss. Now, I’ve not seen a scientific report on that claim, but I have read lots of anecdotal evidence. That’s why THM created the okra challenge. You eat one cup of this lovely green vegetable per day for a week and it’s supposed to help get a stalled weight loss going again.
You could say I’ve had stalled weight loss. I’ve been at this same weight for 4 years! And nothing has worked to make the pounds budge. Sure, I’ll try okra. It’s a real food, a healthy vegetable. And since I live in the south, it’s easy to find. I can even grow it in this climate so you can bet we’ll be introducing this veggie to our garden this summer.
Knowing that I would not be trying that okra drink again, I had to come up with another way to get in my okra. When all else fails, bread it and fry it. I’m kidding. Well, sort of. The only way I’d ever eaten okra before THM was fried. It’s a southern specialty and it is dee-licious!
These fritters are super easy, fast, adaptable and do really taste like the fried okra I’m used to. You can add different spices and herbs to change the flavor to your liking. I’ve written up the basic recipe below and I’ve given you alternatives in the notes section.
If you’re trying to get in your okra, but having a hard time with the texture or flavor – both of which are kind of weird, let’s be honest, give this recipe a try. You might just have to double the batch so you have enough to share with your greedy family. 🙂
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