Welcome to this week’s Brussels Sprouts spotlight!
Brussels Sprouts! Those squishy things you use to feed to your dog under the table when you were little. And possibly still do..
There’s always a right way to cook something. And a wrong way.
I prefer Brussels sprouts roasted or baked, but definitely not overcooked.
Brussels sprouts are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes broccoli and cauliflower. They are a winter crop that grows on a stalk about 3 feet tall. These little miniature cabbages are full of nutritional value, which we’ll dive into now.
- Brussels sprouts provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
- Brussels sprouts are surprisingly high in protein for a green vegetable, and just one serving meets your needs for vitamin C.
- Brussels sprouts provide 2 grams of protein per 1/2 cup. Although the sprouts lack several of the amino acids necessary to make it a complete protein like meat or dairy, you can include grains, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta, in your diet to obtain all the amino acids you need.
- Brussel sprouts are a good source of the anti-oxidant vitamin-A. Vitamin-A helps improve eye health.
- It is an excellent source for vitamin-K. Vitamin K helps with bone health (formation and strengthening). Adequate vitamin-K levels also help to limit neuronal damage in the brain and help prevent Alzheimer’s. A ½ cup of Brussels sprouts provide more than a day’s worth of vitamin K for men, and 91 percent of the daily value for women
- Folate in brussels sprouts bolsters red blood cell health
- Potassium in brussels sprouts help regulate your blood pressure and fluid balance
- Brussels sprouts are also a source of vitamin E, most of the B complex of vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, selenium, and fiber
- A 1/2 cup of brussels sprouts is just 28 calories
Hope you enjoyed this Brussels sprouts spotlight. Stop by on Saturday for our recipe for brussels sprouts. You certainly won’t want to share with your dog this time!