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Broccoli

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I don’t like the taste of broccoli, but is on my eating list because is so healthy. To cover the taste I put a lot of garlic or other spices.  My baby boy loves it, so it is so easy to cook broccoli for him as many times a week as I want.

When it comes to great nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.

Broccoli is one of the “cousins” of cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower and it should be on top of your grocery list.

  • Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming.
  • Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system
  • Just one cup of broccoli provides over 100% of your daily need for vitamin C and vitamin K, and is also a good source of vitamin A
  • Broccoli shares cancer fighting and immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
  • Broccoli  has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory
  • Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis
  • Broccoli aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating
  • Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits.

 

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95 thoughts on “Broccoli”

  1. I never cared for broccoli much either until about 8 years ago. As I made the transition from meat eater to vegetarian and finally vegan, I also began to decrease the amount of processed foods I ate. It was really challenging getting off those processed foods. They contain fat, salt, sugar…all those things that can taste so good. However, as my diet became “cleaner” I noticed how much better whole foods like broccoli tasted. Eventually, when I weakened and ate a processed food, all I could taste were the chemicals in the food-like product. Now, broccoli is like a symphony of joy in my mouth!

  2. Broccoli can be added to so many things for health benefits without overpowering the dish. I used to put it in lasagna or spaghetti neither of which are particularly healthy.

  3. It’s one of the first veggies I would actually eat raw … with a dip, of course. For someone who ONLY ate potatoes, lettuce, corn, carrots and peas … and that’s it for veggies, it was amazing. I make pureed cream soup out of it and it’s great microwaved for a couple of minutes, cooled and added to quiche. I also drizzle hollandaise over it. 🙂 And then there are the stir fries.

  4. While it healthy, it is important to also know that consuming large amounts of it are considered a reason for developing hypothyroidism, especially if eaten raw.
    The same goes with all the other member of its family you’ve mentioned.
    Anyone who already is diagnosed with hypothyroidism should consume it very moderately.

  5. Great to encourage people to eat more broccoli. It is so easy to grow I wish more people would have a backyard vege patch. We are harvesting our fresh broccoli now and if you cut it into small pieces it is lovely dipped into fresh warrigal greens pesto or hummus with Lemon Myrtle & Mt Pepper – eating it raw means you get all of the vitamin C it contains as cooking plants reduces the vitamin C content quickly.

  6. What a great broccoli post! Check out my garlic roasted broccoli 🙂 Roasting broccoli gives it a crispy texture that I just love.

    aliandpepper.com

  7. Great post ! Broccoli has become friend of mine over the years. At first the only way I could eat it was with a nice thick cheese sauce, now I am open to more and really love it (cooked or raw). I hope you get to love it, as much as your baby boy :-). I guess I should share my broccoli recipes on my blog. Have a great day…and by the way, thank you for the ‘like’ on my Grilled Brinjal (Aubergine or Eggplant) Sandwich. I really appreciate it.

  8. Great info! Broccoli is definitely one of those foods that I go through phases with. Most times I like it steamed or roasted versus raw. I find it a little difficult to eat when it’s raw haha.

  9. For me, I’ll also juice the broccoli together with other fruits to cover the taste of it. Because my sis didn’t like the taste and texture of the broccoli. Maybe you should give it a go! Its is good for picky eaters especially!

  10. Here’s a terrific recipe for broccoli that will leave “broccoli haters” gasping for more:

    Put half a head of broccoli’s worth of florets in about an inch of water, lightly salted, and bring to a boil. The minute the steam begins to shake the top of the pot, turn off the heat, and let the broccoli sit in the pot (cover on) for exactly five minutes. (it will be perfectly cooked, at the end of that time).
    While the broccoli is cooking, pour about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil into a small saucepan and heat. Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced red, bell peppers, and a dash of salt, then cook the peppers until they are very lightly browned, add a large clove of garlic (thinly sliced), and continue cooking until the garlic turns a golden brown.
    Strain the broccoli, and pour the olive oil, peppers, and garlic mixture over it, tossing the contents until evenly coated with the oil. Top with a half dozen, extra-large black olives, thinly sliced, and serve.
    Bon appetito!

    (serves 4)

  11. Thanks for all the broccoli info. Here’s what I do with them. Boil, dip in bread crumbs mixed with Louisiana Fish Fry seasoning and cook in a skillet with canola oil. I then cut up the stalks and cook in my vegetable soup.

  12. I’ve always liked broccoli, but I like it even better than I used to. Pan-fried in olive oil with slivers of garlic, and sprinkled with red pepper flakes, makes it especially tasty.

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