Brussels sprouts are having a moment. Well, they’ve been having a major moment for quite a while now, sprouting up (pun intended) at just about every hot, chic restaurant across the US.
Admit it… there is something so intensely satisfying about taking that first bite, sinking your teeth into a perfectly roasted sprout. It’s kind of like a bite of healthy heaven. Afterwards you may think, wistfully, “If only I could make them like this at home…”
And that’s where we come in. We know it’s not easy. Brussels can be pretty horrifying raw. Okay, you can dress them up in a nicely shaved salad, but beyond that, they need a little kitchen magic. You know what isn’t horrifying? How good Brussels sprouts are for your health. I mean talk about a powerhouse food. These mini cabbages pack in antioxidants galore: vitamin C, vitamin B, B-complex vitamins, and minerals like copper, calcium and potassium, just to name a few.
So, how does one replicate a beautifully cooked sprout like those you find when you’re eating out? Look no further… PN’s got this. We’ve sourced FIVE of our most favorite, detailed recipes below to make your Brussels sprouts sing! They’ll love you, you’ll love them… it’s mutually beneficial. Now, go forward and sprout!
We know Juli at PaleOMG is a lover of the sprouts. Check out her Crispy Sesame Brussels Sprouts w/Creamy Curry Dipping Sauce and the truffle frittata. We’ll take both.
There’s not much we don’t love from the Oh She Glows kitchen. A detox salad that will leave you feeling satisfied like no other.
And THEN, a super greens soup to top it off? Primal Bites, you nailed it.
The fiber in Brussels sprouts has powerful cholesterol lowering properties – keeping your ‘good’ cholesterol up and your ‘bad’ cholesterol down.
Glucosinolates are important phytonutrients – they’re the starting point for a variety of cancer-protective substances. All cruciferous veggies contain them, but Brussels sprouts top the list in glucosinolate density.
Contrary to the ‘cruciferous veggie / thyroid inhibiting’ debate, a recent study deemed them safe! Brussels sprouts consumed on a daily basis are not found to have an unwanted impact on thyroid function.
Proper hormone balance begins with healthy detoxification systems. Detox requires enough sulfur to work effectively, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur-containing nutrients, which support “Phase 2″ detoxification. Our body’s detox system also needs strong antioxidant support, especially during what is called Phase 1 of detoxification. Brussels sprouts are able to provide that kind of support because they’re an excellent source of multiple antioxidants.
What does sulfur do? Well those compounds + the glucoraphanin compounds not only support healthy digestion, but they actually protect the health of our stomach lining by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in our stomach. Brussels are like our little army.
Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen is in the body at a much higher level than other sex hormones, mainly progesterone. What helps clear estrogen? Fiber and sulfur. And as you now know, brussels sprouts are two powerhouses in this area. Hormones = happy.
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