Thursday, April 3, 2008

Broccoli


30 calories in a cup of broccoli. I usually try to buy broccoli without much stem. Apparently, the stem has even more nutrients than the florets. Who knew? A great way to use the stem is to puree it and add it to other recipes. A little of the old: if it's pureed, nobody will know it's in there trick. I am fortunate to have three kids that absolutely LOVE broccoli. I am not a huge fan. I would rather eat peas myself.

Here's the low-down on Broccoli:
It is a true superfood as it is a great source of vitamin C and also contains beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, potassium and anti-cancer phytonutrients. Broccoli is now one of the best selling veggies in the U.S. If you would like to prevent colon cancer, broccoli is essential to include in your diet. Eating it regularly can cut your risk of developing cataracts or becoming a stroke victim. Packed with phytonutrients, broccoli can even help the body destroy breast cancer cells.

10 comments:

Kathy said...

I kinda treat the stems as a second vegetable since it is so different from the florets. I cut the tops off and steam them or add them to stir-frys. I peel the stems and slice them thinly to eat raw, stir-fried, added to soups, or in salads.

Andrew is getting fit said...

Brocolli is definitely up there as one of my favourites. I think I have it pretty much every day in one form or another.

noelle said...

My kids love their 'little trees' too. I usually buy mostly frozen broccoli since I get the most bang for my buck that way. And I don't have to clean it!

Matt Keeling said...

Who knew the broccoli was such a "Super Food". How about if I put cheese sauce over it? Every Super hero needs a sidekick right?

Anonymous said...

Broccoli is even better when you smother it with melted cheese!!

Also, great in lasagna!!!

TW

Jodie said...

Love broccoli, hate the gas!

workout mommy said...

I also try to buy it with the least amount of stem but I never even thought about the puree trick! Thanks!

Dinah Soar said...

I like broccoli and used to eat it several times a week, cooked and raw....but I read that eating too much of it can interfere with thyroid function so I've cut back...recently I tried broccolini, which is a kind of baby broccoli---and it has skinny stems...I threw some into my veggie taco stirfy along with some corn, red peppers and onions and it tasted great, boosted the nutrition, and didn't have a strong flavor that regular broccoli sometimes has. I wouldn't have thought broccoli would be good in a taco but it was.

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Anonymous said...

Yum yum broccoli! So delicious and healthy and beneficial!! I came across this site which has an article on how broccoli can decrease the risk of bladder cancer!