Food for Thought – Broccoli

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This amazing vegetable has many health benefits including anti-oxidents, cancer fighting components and anti-aging factors but here’s what makes it really special:

It has cholesterol lowering benefits – even more so when steamed, which brings on the binding aspects to your bile acids, pulling them out of your system along with the unwanted cholesterol.

They help with vitamin D metabolism especially for those taking supplements for vitamin D deficiency. May perhaps benefit us all to have more broccoli in the winter when our time in the sunshine is limited.

Also a great iron boost for those who are vegan/vegetarian! With lots of vitamin K, C and fibre to boot.

Enjoy raw or steamed, but try not to boil as a lot of the nutrients will be washed away with the water. Here is a delicious recipe I came across. Great for getting the kids (young and old) to eat these beautiful “tree” veggies!

Broccoli and Cheddar Bites
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16 oz. Fresh Steamed Broccoli (chopped)
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese (grated)
3 Eggs
1 cup Bread Crumbs (or sub gluten free panko/gluten free bread crumbs)
salt and pepper

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until just combined (still chunky)
2. Form into balls and flatten into 2″ pucks
3. Lay out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 25 minutes, turning them half way through
4. Let cool and enjoy!

Your,
Natural Groove Gal

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