Broccoli- Superfood or Not?
Broccoli’s reputation as one of the world’s most healthiest vegetable still rings true!
Broccoli is one of the most hated and yet the most well-loved vegetables in the nation. Nutritionists talk about it, presidents and other celebrities tell their experiences with it, but through it all, broccoli maintains the royal status of being one of the most popular and the most nutritious foods available. In fact,. broccoli is full of so many vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that is is hailed as one of the top 10 super-foods.
Broccoli gets a lot of flack for being “yucky”, tasteless, or difficult to chew. Some people can’t stomach it raw, as a crudette, others can’t stand it cooked, while many say it has a strong flavor and therefore a strong odor as it is cooking.
I used to be one of those who fell into the camp that cooked broccoli was too strong and too mushy. I refused to even touch the vegetable, until one day, I tasted bright-green broccoli that was tender and succulent, yet still maintained some crispness, and had a mild, almost sweet, addictive flavor. I was hooked. It was upon research and experimenting that I discovered the secret to why so many people, and children refuse to eat this tasty vegetable.
The secret to getting your children and family members (and maybe you!) is NOT to overcook this beauty. Broccoli should NOT be pale green in color as the photo below, which is how I grew up eating it (or not eating it).
Broccoli should NOT look like this!
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is truly a super-food based on it’s many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Broccoli is high in Vitamins A, D, K, C, B6, folic acid, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, fiber and even protein. Pound for pound broccoli contains more protein than a steak. It is also rich in beta-carotenes, which aids eye health, and anti-oxidents which fight aging.
Just some of the main benefits of broccoli:
prevents disease and sickness, and even some cancers
improves immune system (Vit. C)
lowers blood pressure (potassium)
aids nervous system and brain function (potassium)
improves health of the eyes (lutein)
weight loss – (anti-oxidants which help fight inflammation, and fiber, which is filling)
Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, pureed. You name it, and you can eat that way (almost). It can be served as a snack, side dish, vegetable, salad, main dish, soup, dessert (okay, am not sure about a dessert).
You can even eat broccoli sprouts, which are known for their cancer fighting properties. My favorite way is lightly steamed until crisp, tender, with a dollop of butter and salt and pepper . See below.
Steam broccoli for 4-6 minutes until bright green in color, and just tender crisp. Top with a slab of butter, or coconut oil before serving. My family eats it up with none left! I always make sure broccoli is on our dinner table 3-4 times a week! For my Spicy Thai Broccoli, go here: https://veronicashealthyliving.com/spicy-thai-broccoli/ and Broccoli Salad with a Twist, go here: https://veronicashealthyliving.com/broccoli-salad-with-a-twist/.
“The American Cancer Society recommends eating broccoli similar cancer-killer cruciferous vegetables several times a week for the best protection. Broccoli consumption improves the body’s ability to fight cancer in a variety of ways, including providing antioxidants, regulating enzymes, and controlling apoptosis and cell cycles.” (Dr. Axe)
So eat up and enjoy the many health benefits. Be creative and learn new ways to serve broccoli. I dare you!
What is your favorite way to eat broccoli? Leave a comment below.