These little members of the cruciferous family of vegetables boast major health benefits. They are high in vitamin K which helps blood to clot and aids bone metabolism. They are high in vitamin C which helps our bodies to absorb iron and boosts immune function. Brussels are high in antioxidants like kaempferol which eases inflammation, reduces cancer cell growth, promotes heart health, helps to combat free radicals and oxidative stress. They are also high in glutathione, known as a powerhouse among antioxidants. Glutathione is a detoxifuing compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.
Stuck on how to prepare brussels sprouts? Here are some quick tips:
- choose smaller brussels when possible, they tend to be a little sweeter
- gently rinse the outer leaves, trim the end and halve them for easier cooking
- place them on a cookie sheet with a little coconut or avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a drizzle of maple syrup and roast them in the oven or on the grill until tender
- for a spicier option, serve with buffalo dipping sauce
Here is a great recipe for you to try as well: