We know that all vegetables are good for us, but there are certain ones that truly are an irreplaceable powerhouse of nutrients. Among these most powerful vegetables is brussels sprouts. These wintertime veggies are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family. They are a wonderful addition to any meal, and can be a big crowd pleaser when prepared in a yummy way! These vegetables provide an abundance of nutrients such as Fiber, iron, Vitamin C, Folate, and Vitamin K, along with several other phytonutrients. The nutrients contained in the little sprouts have been shown to have a variety of health benefits including the ability to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. Further, the vitamin K content has been shown to increase bone health, while the vitamin C is great for both skin and eye health! Not to mention, these fiber and flavor packed little veggies can help you to stay full and satisfied, preventing you from overeating too!
Try them roasted with simply olive oil and seasoning of choice, or shredded in your favorite winter salad. Or, if you really want to impress your holiday guests, try this special roasted brussels sprouts recipe to provide both you and your friends or family with a nutritional punch!
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts: In a bowl, combine two pounds fresh halved brussels sprouts, 1 small diced red onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1 tsp. maple syrup, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a parchment paper lined or greased cooking tray. Cook at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, until sprouts are tender and golden brown on edges. Toss with 1/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries. Enjoy!
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