Seasonal Food Spotlight: Brussels Sprouts

Similar to kale’s rise to fame, brussels sprouts are now having their turn in the spotlight. Despite their reputation for being repugnant to kids, they can actually be really delicious! I actually didn’t start eating brussels sprouts until grad school when Will introduced me to roasted sprouts – so yummy. The simplest way to prepare these little guys is to halve them, toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ~35 minutes or until browned. They pair well with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar. Here’s 5 reasons why these sprouts are so healthy for you:

  • One serving (1 cup) has only 38 calories and over 3 grams of fiber. ┬áThe extra heart healthy fiber can help lower cholesterol.
  • Brussels sprouts provide up to 120% of your daily need for Vitamin C.
  • They are full of cancer fighting antioxidants like glucosinolate.
  • These sprouts are also a great source of folate.
  • The sulfur compounds in brussels sprouts are reported to help with detoxification processes in the liver.

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To get started on eating this healthy food, here are a few recipes!

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  1. Kristin says

    We just had roasted brussel sprouts last night – yum! I have two toddlers who are not picky eaters, but my two-year-old is still not a fan… I did convert Hubby, though and he asks for them now.

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