- 16 oz Brussels sprouts (halved)
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 T balsamic vinegar (plain or flavored)
- ½ c. dried cranberries
- ½ c. walnuts, halved
I couldn’t believe all the nutritional benefits that come out of these small things! Numerous studies have been conducted and here’s a brief synopsis of what I found out!
- Detoxifier: As a cruciferous vegetable (in the family with broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and bok choy), Brussels sprouts are among the most nutritious foods out there. All cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, which are the chemical starting points for a variety of cancer-protective substances. These glucosinolates are required to rid the cancer-causing toxins from our body.
- Protector: Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, E, A and manganese, which all contribute to an anti-oxidant effect. Additionally, many flavanoids are found in sprouts and help protect the body.
- Anti-inflammatory: Glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts help to regulate the body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system and prevent unwanted inflammation. A second important anti-inflammatory nutrient found in Brussels sprouts is vitamin K. Vitamin K is a direct regulator of inflammatory responses. Lastly, Brussels sprouts contain about 1/3 the recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3’s are the building blocks to anti-inflammatory molecules.
- Fiber: 4 grams in one cup!