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Healthy Foods: Brussels Sprouts
Tasty little nuggets of nutrition, these brussels sprouts! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals they help keep the body healthy in many ways.
They have an extraordinary amount of Vitamins C and K and contain high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, folate, manganese, potassium, copper, calcium, iron, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. As with most all vegetables, they are low in fat and calories but high in fiber.
Brussels sprouts help to protect against infection and boost the body’s detoxification and cleansing functions and help to lower the risk for cancer. The high fiber content keeps the colon healthy and helps with elimination. The high levels of Vitamin C aids with the productions of collagen for healthy skin and connective tissue such as cartilage and tendons.
Brussels Sprouts are available year round but are at their peak from late Autumn through early Spring. They are delicious roasted in the oven, sauteed or simmered with other vegetables in chicken broth. Their nutritious elements will convince you to at least try them, but their nutty flavor will win you over.