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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Food of the Month: BROCCOLI!

Brocccccccoli! Our Food of the Month!

If the vegetable species’ were families vying for the Iron Throne of Healthiest Vegetable House, First of Its Name, then Brassica oleracea would rule the kingdom. This group, referred to colloquially as brassica (it’s genus) counts some major super-food muscle under its banners – everyone from brussel sprouts, to cabbage, to kale and even cauliflower are members. But the stand-out leader is, of course, broccoli! Cultivated since the 6th century, broccoli was a highly valued crop in Italy and was introduced to the US by Italian immigrants. [1]

What makes seemingly humble broccoli our food of the month? The answer is in its nutritional value – a vitamin-packed plant in which every part of the vegetable contains more nutrients than the last, so there is little to no waste!

Hold up, you’re thinking. What about the stalks? Those are trash, right? NOPE!

The stalks of this green gem actually have more iron, calcium, and vitamin C pound for pound than the dark flowering heads! And the leaves of broccoli are even better. So save the leaves, and simply remove the fibrous exterior of the stalks with a vegetable peeler. Once they’re cut up, the stalks masquerade as a much more kid-friendly looking vegetable than the familiar broccoli floret forest they might be wary of.

The stalks of broccoli also freeze beautifully so they’re perfect to have on hand for quick additions to your family’s favorite meals!

Add some broccoli to your pasta to make Broccoli and Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese and boost your family’s vitamin C consumption to 150% of their RDA – a lifesaver during cold and flu season!

Toss a cup of broccoli into a baked sweet potato loaded with garlic and a little Parmesan for 200% of your vitamin K requirements and nearly half your daily folate!

And eating just 2 cups of broccoli twice a week is enough to measurably reduce your risk of certain cancers, so a big bowl of broccoli stir-fry or your favorite summer bbq broccoli slaw can protect your entire family.

The best part of the our Food of the Month is that it is low in calories and high in fiber, which means you can feel great about letting your kids eat as much as they want, and they’ll stay full for hours!

1.       Nonnecke, Ib (November 1989). Vegetable Production. Springer-Verlag New York, LLC. p. 394. ISBN 978-0-442-26721-6.

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