In health and wellness circles, discussions around “superfoods” are all the rage these days.
The antioxidant power of blueberries…
The fiber, calcium, and iron of kale…
The probiotics of Greek yogurt, and amino acids of quinoa…
…The list could go on.
But there’s one superfood that no one is talking about.
It’s not exotic. It’s not new. And it’s not expensive.
Can you guess what it is?
Broccoli is an incredible and readily available superfood that the American health media has forgotten all about. I know a little something about the amazing qualities of Broccoli and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.
Broccoli is loaded with antioxidants
Like blueberries and green tea, broccoli is jam packed with powerful antioxidants that can be used to fight free radicals in the blood stream and ward off cancer. Not only does it have “twice the vitamin C of an orange” and as much calcium as a glass of whole milk, it’s fortified with selenium which helps inhibit the spread of viruses in the body.
Broccoli drives bad cholesterol down
Because broccoli is laden with soluble fiber, it’s incredibly effective at flushing the cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Broccoli reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
Lowering your bad cholesterol levels is just one way that Broccoli helps reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
The other way?
An anti-inflammatory compound, sulforaphane can protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage died to excess consumption of sugar and salt.
Broccoli is brilliant for your skin and eyes
Filled with key minerals (like phosphorous, copper, and zinc) and vitamins (like A, B, C, E, and K), Broccoli is one of the best foods you can eat to maintain healthy skin and eyes.
It can help your cells fight off macular degeneration, cataracts, and damage related to UV radiation.
The healthiest way to eat Broccoli?
Uncooked and untouched.
The fresher and less cooked your broccoli the better. The second broccoli is removed from the ground it starts to lose its nutritional value, and if you try cooking the broccoli the nutrients go away even faster.
Having said that, not everyone likes the taste and texture of raw broccoli, so—in the interest of catering to all my readers—I’m going to give you a mouthwatering recipe that won’t rob the broccoli of its nutritional value.
What You’ll Need
1 – Teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 – Heads of broccoli trimmed, washed, and cut into small florets
3 – Cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
1 – Tablespoon of organic, coconut butter
½ – Of a lemon
3 – Tablespoons of water
Optional: Trader Joe’s everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning blend 😉
How You’ll Do It
Step 1 – In a medium skillet or sauté pan, warm the coconut butter on medium-high heat until melted
Step 2 – Lower the pan to medium heat before adding the water and the garlic. Cook for five minutes stirring occasionally to ensure the garlic does not brown or burn.
Step 3 – Now add the broccoli to the pan and cook for five to eight minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the broccoli and the garlic do not brown or burn.
Step 4 – Remove from heat and dress with extra virgin olive oil and the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon.
Step 5 – Serve and enjoy
Step 6 – Optional: Sprinkle Trader Joe’s everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning blend on your bushel of broccoli.