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Broccoli

Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family (alongside cauliflower, kale and cabbage), and is packed with tremendous health benefits.

Broccoli is a dark green vegetable with a stalk and florets that grow from the top. The florets are the most enjoyable part to eat! Broccoli is tender and mildly flavored with a slight bitter taste. It’s a versatile vegetable that can easily be added to any dish for a boost of nutrition and flavor.

Health Benefits of Broccoli:

Similar to kale and other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains fiber compounds that bind very well to bile acids in our digestive systems, which ultimately helps to lower cholesterol. Broccoli is also great for anti-inflammation, protection against oxidative stress, cardiovascular support, digestive support, and protection from certain cancers. Broccoli has powerful overall health benefits from their antioxidants, sulforaphane, minerals, vitamins, and fiber.

For cancer protection, at least 1/2 cup/day or 2 cups/week of cruciferous vegetables is recommended. As with most fruits and vegetables, broccoli contains great amounts of fiber which helps keep our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies.

Nutrient Breakdown of Broccoli:

*Per 1 cup

How To Use:

You can consume broccoli roasted, raw, steamed or sautéed. They’re great in casseroles, skillet meals, nourish bowls, juices, or even in smoothies.

Recipes:

The Best Roasted Broccoli You’ll Ever Need

Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa Pilaf

Broccoli Salad With Ranch Dressing

NS Recommends:

Try adding steamed or roasted broccoli to dishes in order to bulk up the amount of food. This is also an easy way to increase the nutrient density!

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