8 reasons why Broccoli is healthy for you.
1. Broccoli is loaded with beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A once it is inside the body. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. In its retinal form it combines with the protein ‘opsin’ to form rhodopsin which is an essential light absorbing molecule that aids is vision, especially in dim light.
2. It is a good source of Vitamin C which boosts the immune system and fights off cancers and heart disease.
3. Broccoli is loaded with Calcium which promotes strong bone growth and prevents osteoporosis.
4. Broccoli is rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation.
5. I3C can be found in broccoli. I3C lowers the levels of harmful estrogen that promote tumor growth in hormone-sensitive cells. It thus helps fight against colon, breast cancer etc.
6. Broccoli is also rich in folate which promotes normal tissue growth and can help avoid birth defects.
7. Broccoli has Omega 3 in it which helps as the Indian diet is heavy in Omega 6 fatty acids. While the quantum of Omega 3 is not large, Broccoli does provide and anti inflammation response to the body which is great for you.
8. Broccoli is a low fat vegetable which can be used in a large amount of recipes like salads, soups and tossed into pasta or just have grilled broccoli in olive oil. There are so many healthy recipes you can make with Broccoli.
Top 10 Broccoli Recipes
A cleansing broth becomes substantial enough for a light lunch or when you are down with running noses and sneezy wheezes. Bulk this Broccoli Broth with celery, onions and carrots. This vibrantly colored and flavorful broth tastes best when served hot .
You'll never have trouble getting the kids to eat their vegetables with this delicious Healthy Broccoli Fried Rice. Bursting with protein power and the goodness of antioxidants this can comfortably be included in at least one meal every day.
Broccoli and onions perked up with spices, herbs and pizza sauce and cheese is a combination that kids and adults can agree on at any meal. This Broccoli Pizza Pie with a refreshing glass of beverage will be your next favorite pick.
Given a choice, kids will say nyaaaaah to broccoli, but these Cheese and Broccoli Tikkis will surely tempt them. Don't forget the nutritional benefits. You can even stuff them in pita pockets and make Broccoli and Cheese Tikkis in Pita Pocket. Also, when broccoli and potato are combined with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and other typical, readily-available oriental ingredients, batter coated and deep fried to make Broccoli and Potato Balls make a great party snack.
Broccoli is a perfect fit for Indian subzis too. Try this delicious Spicy Broccoli Subzi, a unique gravy, which is thickened with roasted chana dal and urad dal perked up with cumin seeds. You can even combine it with paneer and cook in an onion tomato masala and make this Broccoli Aur Paneer ki Subzi.
Broccoli can even be turned into an offbeat dip that can accompany toasted bread and chips. This Broccoli and Mushroom Dip is not only cheesy but, also chunky because of the chewy broccoli.