Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods in existence.
If broccoli isn't a regular part of your diet plan, and you haven't included it in your diet regularly it's time to make a change.
I want you to see how healthy broccoli really is and why you may have never enjoyed the taste of broccoli. I'll tell you how to fix that so you can start enjoying broccoli regularly and reaping all of the powerful benefits of broccoli.
I'll even give you the nutritional profile of broccoli so you can see what you're getting when you have a cup of steamed broccoli.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
The health benefits of broccoli are nothing short of amazing. If you want to cure your illnesses, aches, pains, and feel better then broccoli is something you need to add to your meals regularly.
Quick Fact: Did you know broccoli contains twice the amount of vitamin C of an orange and almost as much calcium as whole milk? The calcium from broccoli as actually absorbed better by your body than the calcium in whole milk!
- Lowers unhealthy cholesterol levels by binding to bile acids in your digestive tract
- Rich source of kaempferol which has the ability to decrease allergy issues within your body
- Contains a unique combination of phytonutrients that supports detoxification within your body
- Includes high amounts of vitamin K and vitamin A which helps support the uptake of vitamin D
- Contains Omega 3 fatty acids which provide an array of anti-inflammatory benefits
- Isothiocyanates which suppress inflammation are produced from compounds found in cruciferous veggies like broccoli
- Highly concentrated source of vitamin C which happens to be a powerful antioxidant
- Provides a significant number of flavanoides that allow vitamin C to last longer
- Lowers risk of cancer and chronic inflammation
- Great amount of fiber content which supports your digestive system
- Contains sulforaphane that may prevent damage to blood vessel linings
- Decreases your risk of heart attacks and strokes through glucoraphanin
- Improves eye health through 2 carotenoids that play very important roles in the health of your eyes
- Supports damaged skin due to the detoxification role that skin cells play in your body
The health benefits listed above are just a few meaning broccoli is EXTREMELY powerful. You might not understand all of the health benefits above, BUT I can tell you that all of those work together in your body to produce an environment that is VERY favorable for building muscle and burning fat.
When your body is in good shape with a good balance of healthy nutrients, your body will be in a constant state of building a better result for you. If your body is constantly fighting dangerous substances, you won't end up with a great result.
This is why it is VERY important to eat ONLY the healthiest foods at all times. When you do, your health will improve by leaps and bounds. With that improvement comes a highly improved appearance — an appearance that you were meant to receive by our almighty creator. He doesn't want you to feel bad and look bad.
That's why He gave us broccoli!
Quick Fact: Eat all of the broccoli including the flowers, stems, and leaves. All of them are very healthy for you when they come from the right source.
Nutrition Facts for Broccoli
The below nutrition facts are for 1 cup of broccoli. Keep in mind that 1 cup of broccoli only contains 30 calories BUT provides a HUGE number of nutrients within this small number of calories.
Something I want to stress to you is the number of nutrients you are getting in broccoli for just 30 calories. With the WLC System, the diet plan is all about flooding your body with nutrients with high nutrient density foods. The more nutrients you can pack into the number of calories you are eating the better.
Where to Get Broccoli
You need to get your broccoli from a trustworthy source that doesn't spray the broccoli with harmful substances like pesticides.
I would NEVER purchase broccoli from a large chain grocery store.
When a vegetable has a high commercial value like broccoli, most of the time this means the food has been modified and tampered with in an attempt to make more money. Broccoli fits into that category.
Some of these modifications are made to improve shelf life and increase quantity.
In order to get your broccoli from a trustworthy source, I highly recommend a local farmer that you trust and that cares about food.
And you can't go wrong by growing broccoli yourself in a vegetable garden or having your very own mini farm.
If you do find broccoli from a good source or grow it yourself in your garden, compare the good broccoli to some at a chain grocery store. You will see and taste a HUGE difference. The huge difference transfers to your body!
This means finding a good source for all your food is HIGHLY important! All broccoli is NOT created equal. Broccoli doesn't always equal broccoli. By growing broccoli yourself, you will get SUPER POWER broccoli compared to broccoli from a chain grocery store.
Quick Broccoli Healthy Recipe
This quick cruciferous vegetable stir-fry recipe includes the all powerful broccoli and is modified from a recipe within the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook that I HIGHLY recommend.
Quick Cruciferous Vegetable Stir-Fry
Serves 4 to 6
– 2 Heads of Broccoli
– 1 Tablespoon Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
– 1 Medium Organic Onion Chopped
– 2 Carrots Organic Not Peeled Cut
– 1 Yellow Bell Pepper Sliced
– 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
– 2 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger Minced
– 2 Cups Bok Choy Baby Variety Chopped
– 3 Cups Napa Cabbage Chopped
– 1/2 Cup of Filtered Water
– 1/2 Tablespoon Kudzu
– Brown Rice Vinegar to Taste
1. Heat coconut oil in a large stainless steel skillet over medium high heat.
2. Add chopped onion and saute for 3 minutes being careful not to brown.
3. Add carrots to mixture and saute for 3 additional minutes.
4. Add garlic, ginger, yellow bell pepper, and broccoli and saute for a couple more minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water to prevent burning of the food.
5. Always keep vegetable mixture moving in the pan.
6. Add the bok choy, cabbage, and 1/4 cup of filtered water.
7. Mix well and then put a lid over the skillet and cook for a couple more minutes until the veggies are tender but still brightly colored.
8. Lower the heat to the lowest setting and add the kudzu and water mixture and brown rice vinegar to taste.
9. Stir the mixture well and add water if required.
This is a very nutritious recipe that helps you add broccoli to your regular diet plan. You can add this stir fry to almost any meal. Have it often! Don't cook the vegetables too long as you need them to retain all of their nutritional benefits.
You can add other vegetables, herbs, and spices to the stir fry recipe to make it even healthier!
Make Sure You Have Broccoli Regularly
I would make sure you have a healthy serving of broccoli at least once per week and maybe even twice per week.
I HIGHLY recommend a HUGE variety of healthy foods at all times so that's why I recommend once per week so you can always include other healthy foods too.
Remember all the health benefits of broccoli when you are eating broccoli. Make sure you understand all of the benefits you are getting when you taste the wonderful broccoli. You'll end up loving broccoli just the way I do.
You don't have to eat it the same way every time! If you like cheese, choose healthy cheese and add a little to your broccoli. Tastes great!
When you start to feel so much better and look so much better from eating healthy foods, you'll really see how much of a difference the right foods can really make in your life.
Enjoy your broccoli!