Well Christmas is just 6 sleeps away and we are all preparing for a hearty Christmas feast.
One of the vegetables that seems to be synonymous with our Christmas meal is the simple Brussel Sprout.
Did you know that this simple vegetable has great health benefits to?
As mentioned in Mercola Food, “Vitamin K is one of the biggest Brussels sprouts benefits – a 195 percent daily food value per serving, which promotes strong bones. The vitamin C content runs a close second with a 125 percent daily value. This vegetable is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of riboflavin, magnesium, and phosphorus. Brussels sprouts are also a very good source of fiber, vitamins A and B6, thiamin, folate, potassium, and manganese, as well as copper, calcium, and iron. The potassium content helps control the heart rate and blood pressure by balancing the rather high sodium.”
Brussels sprouts are a cool weather crop with a nutty flavour. They are named for the city in Belgium where this vegetable was first referenced in the 1200s.
The best way to cook them is in a small amount of water, steam, drain and serve immediately with a little salt. Overcooking destroys the nutrients, colour and flavour.
Why not try something a little more creative this year, as a variation, serve roasted and tossed together with toasted pine nuts, freshly grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Merry Christmas and whether you are eating in or out, have a fabulous feast!