Broccoli……….a superstar

Ever notice how many commercials on TV are about prescription meds? And always a disclaimer listing all the side effects. I’m of the mindset that some of these prescribed medications cause more harm than good.

I  watch too many of my dear family and friends leave the doctor’s office with another prescription for treatment of the side effects of another prescribed drug.

I know some are life saving and I would never tell anyone to stop taking what the doctor has prescribed. But we all have lifestyle choices and what ever we choose, we will have to live with the consequences, good or bad.

I choose to do what I can to stay healthy without putting prescription drugs into my body as long as possible.

The old saying, “you are what you eat” really starts to hit home the older you get. At one time, I would let my taste buds dictate what I ate. And they never told me to eat vegetables. Now a grilled cheese sandwich with a side order of fries and my taste buds and I both are happy.

I say now and then, it’s ok , but a healthy diet is essential to remain active, energetic and not need those handicap parking spots.

Boring and broccoli are often used in the same sentence. But when you consider the health benefits of broccoli, boring should be replaced with superstar. And I have a scrumptious recipe. You can thank me later.

Broccoli contains potassium, good for the nervous system.

It has magnesium and calcium for lowering blood pressure.

One cup of Broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.

Broccoli contains high levels of  calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

One cup of Broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and foliate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

And now the recipe Just try it, Even if you’re not a lover of Broccoli, you will love it! You can also use this for other vegetables such as asparagus and Brussels Sprouts.

Roasted broccoli with garlic

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into florets, stems peeled and sliced or diced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepperPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet. Spread them out and then roast, without stirring, until the edges are crispy and the stems are crisp tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
  • WP_20160118_002FN_Roasted-Broccoli-with-Garlic_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscape[1]Bon Appetite. And don’t get me started on the benefits of garlic.

 

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