I love me some brussel sprouts! They’re an amazing veg to add into your diet not only because they are low in fat in calories, but also because they are a fantastic source vitamin A and folic acid.
In addition to Vitamin A and folic acid, brussels sprouts are loaded potassium, calcium. They have 3-5 grams of fiber per cup, and at 25 calories per 1/2 cup cooked (steamed), they give us a reason to eat them more often. Brussels sprouts are one of those foods that will leave you with a full feeling, but won’t pack on the pounds.
Unlike most vegetables, Brussels sprouts are high in protein. Even though the protein is incomplete (it doesn’t provide the full spectrum of essential amino acids) you can make it complete with a whole grain such as brown rice. By eating sprouts you can skip higher-calorie sources of protein, poultry or meat. This is a nice alternative, especially in the summer months when, in the heat, appetites tend to decrease (a bonus of all this HOT HOT weather!)
Brussels sprouts are also high in fiber, and they belong to the “disease-fighting” cabbage family. Brussels sprouts may protect against cancer with the nitrogen compounds called they contain called indoles, a form of phytochemicals, which may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Brussels sprouts are also rich in vitamin C, another anti-cancer agent. Whether you choose them for their healthiness or because you love ’em, one thing is certain…you will be doing your body good with a healthful food that is high in protein and low in fat and calories.
I not only LOVE the way BSs taste, but have you ever seen how they grow? The first time I saw I nearly died (OK, fine this is me being a drama queen, total exaggeration, but) it’s SO COOL. Here’s a photo! So, not only are they fantastically delisih, but you can use them as a centerpiece or a cool decoration until you’re ready to cook ’em!
I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!