How can we talk about the virtues of Broccoli.. Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds? They are amazing and it’s not hard to make an absolutely delicious SALAD that is SUPERFOOD-ISH in it’s nature and DELICIOUS in it’s satisfaction!
I have listed below some of the benefits of Broccoli just to let you know of it’s Hhhh-A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-N-E-S-S!!!
- 1 Head of Broccoli
- 2 Apples, small dice (variety of your choice.. i like Pink Lady Apples)
- Squeezed ½ Lemon Juice over the chopped Apple
- 1/3C Sunflower Seeds
- 1/3C Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/3C Mayo of your choice, I use my home made Whole Egg Mayo and Whole Egg Tartare Sauce
- add 2 Crispy Cooked Bacon Rashers, chopped up at the end or as a Garnish to Serve.
- Process the Broccoli to a Small Chunky size.
- Set aside in a medium size bowl.
- Cut up the 2 apples into a fairly small dice (you don't want great big mouthfuls of apple but small bites of sweetness). Squeeze ½ Lemon onto the cut apple to help prevent oxidation.
- It's now as easy as adding the rest of the ingredients.
- Get a Big Spoon and mix it all together for about 1 minute.
- Taste it and adjust seasoning and add more Lemon Juice if needed.
- Cook your 2 Bacon Rashers to crisp-i-ness (i use my oven)
- Crumble your cooked Bacon Rashers and add now or add as a Garnish for serving.
BROCCOLI HAS A LOT GOING ON… Here is some of it:
Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.
Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.
One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.
One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
Diet Aid Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision.
The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
I Love having some prepped salad in my fridge because I will always choose this and soup over anything thing else ’cause I just love salad and soup… wait! let me clarify that.. i just love YUMMY salads and soups! Yep, that’s better 🙂
Enjoy the Green-ness.. Martine 😉
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