We spotted our friends over at Fresh Fit Foods cooking away on Global Edmonton Sunday afternoon and it got us thinking… If broccoli really is high in Vitamin K (good for blood health), full of soluble fibre (ideal for digestion) and packed with iron (helps our muscles store and use oxygen!)- how can we better incorporate it in to our endless quest to be healthy?
By being creative!
Broccoli Egg Cups: A delicious little dish that works just as well as a side with supper as it does as the main attraction at breakfast time. Getting a serving of vegetables in before 8am? You’re a rockstar.
Broccoli Bean Fritters: We’re drooling just looking at these things. Filling, nutritious and so convenient to take with you to school or work! Tip: Try adding hemp seeds for extra protein.
Broccoli and Peanut Butter Smoothie: DO NOT GIVE UP ON US HERE! We get it- it sounds bizarre. But the trick is to use frozen broccoli florets rather than fresh (the taste is much more mild) to ensure you’ll be pleased with your new favourite green smoothie.
Green Pizza: Picture this- it’s Friday night, you’ve had a long week and you’re craving pizza. You COULD reach for the phone and order up some artery clogging delivery, or you could put on your chef’s hat and get creative with the ingredients in your crisper. Feeling a newfound sense of confidence with that chef’s hat on? Kick this recipe up a nutrient notch and swap out your dough for cauliflower crust.
BBQ’d Broccoli: Summer is nearly here and we expect your barbecue will be getting some much needed attention. Try out this super simple recipe that claims, “you’ll never want to steam or boil your broccoli again!” Challenge accepted.
PS: a few fun facts and tips before you go…
– Broccoli contains more vitamin C than an orange.
– Broccoli contains as much calcium as a glass of milk.
– Blanch, don’t boil. Overcooking decreases it’s nutritional value!
– Don’t cut off the stock! Tons of vitamins live in there and it provides great texture.
– Broccoli has been linked to helping prevent certain cancers.