When you think of vegetables, I’m willing to bet that one of the first veggie that comes to mind is broccoli.
Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables across the globe. Its cultivation started in Europe and the Mediterranean centuries ago and it has continuously made its mark in the health world since.
Broccoli is packed with essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and K, folate, phosphorus, fiber, potassium, antioxidants, etc. Along with its nutritious value, broccoli also has several powerful health benefits to offer (there’s a reason it’s so popular!).
Why Broccoli is Good for You
#1. Detoxes Your Body
Due to its vitamin C, amino acids and sulphur content, broccoli is able to help cleanse unwanted toxins from your body. By ridding your body of free radicals and toxins, broccoli can help reduce toxin-related issues, such as rashes, itches, inflammation, etc.
#2. Prevents Cancer
Broccoli has proven to contain anti-carcinogenic compounds, meaning it has the ability to not only prevent, but also combat cancer. It has shown to be particularly useful against breast and uterine cancer as it can reduce the extra amounts of estrogen in the body.
#3. Aids Digestion
Broccoli is a good source of fiber, which your digestive system needs in order to function properly and smoothly. Broccoli can help with constipation and other uncomfortable digestive issues.
#4. Strengthens Bones
Rich in nutrients such as calcium, zinc, phosphorus and more, broccoli can help strengthen your bones and boost your bone health. Broccoli can also be particularly helpful in preventing the risk of osteoporosis and calcium deficiency.
#5. Boosts Immunity
Again because of the nutrient content of broccoli (specifically beta-carotene and vitamin C, etc.), it can help strengthen and fortify your immune system. This especially makes broccoli a great option to keep on your plate during the flu season.
Best Way To Enjoy Broccoli
Broccoli is most often cooked into meals or enjoyed raw. Its best to enjoy them raw in salads or steam them lightly in stir fries since cooking them too harshly can decrease their nutrient quality.
Need somewhere to start? Give this recipe a try…
Healthy Broccoli Salad
Recipe credit: Rachel Cooks
- 6 heaping cups coarsely chopped fresh broccoli – about 3 crowns or one large head
- ¼ cup diced red onion (about 1/2 large red onion)
- ½ cup crumbled or chopped cooked bacon (optional)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp celery seed (not celery salt!)
- ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine broccoli, onion, bacon (optional) and raisins.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together dressing ingredients: yogurt, honey, vinegar, pepper, salt and celery seed. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour dressing over broccoli and stir to combine until all broccoli is coated with dressing.
- For best flavor, refrigerate for at least one hour and stir again before serving.
If you grew up hating broccoli, I hope you’ll reconsider your relationship with it, because it really does have nothing but good to offer you. Do you have a favorite broccoli recipe? Feel free to share with us, we’d love to hear from you!