Today we’re focusing on the nutritional powerhouse that is broccoli!
I just love cooking with seasonal fruits and vegetables – which is why I wanna give you some tips about broccoli now that it’s in season.
Broccoli is an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be eaten cooked or raw. And it’s such an easy veggie to add to any meal.
Let’s take a look at just how powerful this little green veggie can be!
1. It’s Packed with Nutrients
Broccoli is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium. It also contains fiber and protein, which makes it a great source of nutrition.
In addition to all these vitamins and minerals, broccoli also contains antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals in the body. This helps protect your cells from damage, lowers your risk of disease, and helps keep you looking younger!
On top of that, it contains fiber which aids digestion and keeps us feeling fuller longer.
2. Improves Heart Health
Broccoli can be beneficial for your heart health because it contains plenty of antioxidants that help reduce inflammation throughout the body – including in arteries where plaque buildup can lead to cardiovascular disease or stroke later on down the line if left unchecked.
Additionally, broccoli contains potassium which helps regulate blood pressure by counteracting sodium’s effects on blood pressure levels within the body.
3. Helps Fight Cancer
One of the most well-known benefits of broccoli is its ability to help fight cancerous cells. This vegetable contains sulforaphane – a compound found only in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli – which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers such as breast cancer or prostate cancer.
Sulforaphane can also reduce inflammation associated with cancerous cells as well as help prevent tumor growth throughout the body.
4. Boosts Brain Health
Broccoli is also known to be good for brain health due to its high levels of choline – an important nutrient that helps maintain memory function.
It also helps overall cognitive performance during stressful times or periods when you need to stay alert or focused on a particular task at hand.
Choline has even been linked with reducing symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease over time!
5. Promotes Bone Health
The vitamin K found in broccoli helps support strong bones by improving calcium absorption rate into bones—which is especially important for seniors who are at higher risk for osteoporosis or fractures due to age-related bone loss.
Just half a cup of cooked broccoli already contains 110 micrograms of vitamin K, which is already 92% of the daily recommended value.
6. Aids Digestion
Broccoli is high in both insoluble and soluble fiber, which helps regulate digestion as well as feed beneficial bacteria in your gut. This can help improve digestive health by preventing constipation as well as diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Additionally, because broccoli is so low-calorie yet high-fiber, it’s a great food for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
How To Eat Broccoli
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more broccoli into your diet, there are plenty!
If you’re completely new to the world of broccoli, here’s a super quick guide I created that shows you 7 Ways To Cook Broccoli.
Some easy ways to incorporate broccoli could be adding some steamed or roasted florets to salads or grain bowls for added crunch and nutrition. That’s exactly what I do here in my Brown Rice Bowl recipe.
You can also try sautéing chopped-up pieces with garlic and olive oil for a simple side dish, or adding it to a soup, just like I did in this quick Vegetable Soup recipe.
Another easy way to get your daily dose is by blending some raw or cooked broccoli into smoothies. It may sound strange but trust me, it’s delicious! Check out my Easy Beginner Green Juice recipe.
Now if you like broccoli and are tired of the traditional ways to cook it, I encourage you to try my Broccoli Slaw recipe. It’s so creamy and only takes 5 minutes to make!
Overall, there are many benefits to adding broccoli to your diet—from its nutritional value to its digestive benefits.
Whether you enjoy it steamed, roasted, or raw; added to salads or stir-fries; or simply dipped into hummus or ranch dressing. Adding this versatile vegetable to your meals can help give you an extra boost of nutrition!
So next time you’re making dinner think about adding some fresh (or frozen) broccoli into the mix—you won’t regret it!