Today we have with us, a cute little cousin of the cauliflower that has come all the way from Brussel- Brussel Sprouts! These cute little greens are low calorie and nutrient rich which is one of the many reasons they’re really popular, especially within the fitness world. Brussel sprouts are cruciferous vegetables just like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage & Kohlrabi. These cute little nutrient dense packets are a must have for those looking forward to a healthy lifestyle.
The “ancestors” of Brussel sprouts were first grown in ancient Rome. Eventually, around the 13th century, they ended up in Brussels, Belgium from which the name “Brussel Sprouts” may have been coined. The crop thrives in low to moderate temperatures and is generally cultivated throughout the cooler parts of Europe. After sowing, the crop matures in around 100-180 days and the Brussel sprouts grow as buds on thick stalks. Thanks to advancements in modern science, varieties have been developed that make the crop more accessible to the world.
The health benefits of Brussel sprouts are widely popular, which is also one of the major reasons behind the popularity of this vegetable. Brussels sprouts contain high fibre content which regulates blood sugar levels and aid in digestion. Sprouts contain plenty of vitamins like Vitamin K, which takes care of our bones and helps blood to clot & Vitamin A, which maintains good eye health. Brussel sprouts also contain Vitamin C, in moderate to high amounts, your body does not store or produce this nutrient, thus it becomes necessary to include foods in your diet that contain Vitamin C.
Consuming Brussels sprouts helps your body to eliminate free radicles, since the vegetable contains high levels of antioxidants. Brussel sprouts are also extremely beneficial for your skin since it contains all the essential minerals & vitamins that are needed to maintain a healthy skin. Unwanted inflammation within the body can also be cured by regular consumption of Brussel sprouts, since these vegetables are also anti-inflammatory in nature. Cruciferous vegetables are said to help in controlling diabetes, which makes Brussel sprouts beneficial for diabetic patients. Last but not the least, Brussel sprouts are a rich source of healthy fats & contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is converted into omega-3 in your body(You can ditch the fish now😝).
Including Brussel sprouts in your diet will definitely sprout wellness in your life. Considering their size and the health benefits, it’s actually a surprise. Switch to a healthy lifestyle by adding these amazing nutrient dense pockets of goodness to your diet!
Here’s a quick & easy shaved Brussel sprouts salad recipe for you to try! Use only the best ingredients for your cooking, get safe-to-eat and locally sourced Brussels sprouts delivered at your doorstep. Tap here for more info.
You will need:
- Shredded Brussels sprouts(One bowl).
- Stale bread or toast.
- Two tbsp Mayonnaise.
- Twp tbsp of Chopped garlic.
- One tbsp of hot sauce.
- Grated cheese.
- Two tbsp of Olive oil.
1. Combine the Mayonnaise, Garlic, Hot sauce, Cheese in a bowl(Make sure you keep some cheese for later). Keep whisking and gradually add the olive oil till the mixture thickens. Our salad dressing is ready
2. Put shredded Brussel sprouts in a bowl and add the salad dressing while thoroughly mixing everything together.
3. If you’re using bread, roast it to give it a crunch. We will add these to the salad to add some crunch to it.
4. Let the salad rest in a refrigerator for at least an hour.
5. Your salad is ready to eat! Give it a good mix, add some cheese and crunchy bread on the salad before serving this healthy shredded Brussel sprout salad!