Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pure Goodness: Broccoli



A wonderful gift from nature.

Today brings a real treat! I would like to welcome the lovely Natalia of Fashioned by Love, who will be sharing her vast knowledge on healthy living and nutrition with us today. In a continuation of the pure ingredient series, entitled "Pure Goodness", (previous post created by Natalia on oranges here) this article focuses on broccoli: A Mediterranean born beauty, broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables that belong to the cruciferous family. We like it for its unique flavour, pretty appearance and versatility. It is also worth knowing that broccoli is one of the best vegetables to eat if you want to stay healthy.











Broccoli is high in vitamins C and K, good source of vitamin A, folate, B2, B6, B5, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium, amino-acid tryptophan, iron and zinc. Fibre in broccoli works like a magic brush for your intestines removing toxic substances and reducing risk of certain types of cancer. Broccoli strengthens your immune system, reduces cholesterol, may protect from diabetes by regulating insulin and blood sugar levels. It is good for your liver, heart, eyes, skin and brain. The “wonder vegetable” may also help people with chronic lung disease, and smokers in particular. by bringing the levels of antioxidants in damaged lung tissue back to normal and detoxifying cells from tobacco smoke.

Although it is delicious in its raw state, steaming broccoli for 5 minutes will increase its health benefits. Add it to pasta dishes, salads, stir-fry, make delicious broccoli soup or try other recipes– whichever way you choose to eat your broccoli, make it a diet staple and enjoy 4-5 times a week.

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Content: by Natalia of Fashioned by Love for Haute Design | Images 01, 08 Charly Erwin via Art & Decoration, 02, 06, 10 The Cherry Blossom Girl, 03, 05 Green Kitchen Stores , 04, 09 Thierry Antablian via Mon Jardin et Ma Maison, 07 Christopher Drake via Provencal Escapes

18 comments:

  1. It's so nice to find lovely Natalia here again. A great reminder of how important healthy eating is. Beautifully illustrated too! :)
    Ada

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  2. with such a gorgeous setting, food becomes even more appetizing!! loved the post, sarah..xx meenal

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  3. Oh this is just in time for me! I need to get on it Sarah before I leave for Europe. Miss you darling!! What a lovely and lively post! xo

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  4. Many thanks for the info, Sarah. i like broccoli so I will eat oftener now that I know their properties. Fabulous selection of the images. Congratualtions! You have done a great work. have a nice midweek

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  5. Beautiful post, I love how you have combined the images and made broccoli look so appealing together with the important information. It sure urges to eat it more;) Enjoy your week.

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  6. Looks absolutely gorgeous, darling! Have a wonderful day! xxx

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  7. Yum. I'm glad to know that one of my favorites is so beneficial.

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  8. HA! That actually made me laugh out loud. 4-5 times a week? It has yet to enter my kitchen! Baby steps though - I'll get there. I've just found ways of preparing kale that is quite enjoyable and now it's a staple. It's all about the recipe. I'll have to explore those links, then!
    Great post! Hope you're enjoying the summer.

    Just a Silhouette

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  9. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable. Perfect in every way!
    The images here are gorgeous, as always, Sarah.
    Have a great day.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  10. interesting that steaming it for 5 minutes increases health benefits..I will remember that...nice that it's so good for you as I love broccoli, and now I will add it to my daily intake to reap it's full benefits...the pictures are lovely - they make me want to prepare a vegetable salad tonight and eat out in the garden....

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  11. lovely post, Sarah! I'm such a fan of broccoli! love it cooked in so many ways, with pasta, salad, tarts... delish!

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  12. i love this post... stylish, colorful and healthy!

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  13. Sweet Pea, that is so true—the recipes look wonderful—one step at a time :)

    So glad that everyone is enjoying Natalia's post—I feel the desire to cook after reading!

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  14. Oh I love seeing LittleRus on here - and what a perfectly combined post this is! :) x

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  15. Sarah - what a smart series - "Pure Goodness"! I really enjoyed the post. We are already huge broccoli fans over here - but no one has made broccoli look that good before.

    Great job Natalia and Sarah!

    Hugs

    Mon

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  16. Great post! I love brocoli and always include it in healthy stir fries. Thank you for introducing me to Natalia's blog, I'm off to take a look! xx

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  17. Yes, I too, am going to love your new series. The 1st image grabbed me right away, but I read through the entire post, and completely agree with this fresh philosophy. I'm trying to eat as few white carbs, or none, as I can now, concentrating on high protein and fresh veggies/fruits. I discovered from a bachelor friend that just covering the veggie with Saran, pop into microwave a couple of minutes will give you the most delicious product possible. xx's

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