Today’s featured food, broccoli, is a member of the cruciferous vegetables group, along with cabbage, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, arugula, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Cruciferous veggies have amazing cleansing and healing abilities, especially when combined with other foods.
In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, I learned that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli help to prevent a variety of cancers, including those that attack the brain, breasts, reproductive organs, lungs and intestinal tract. These veggies are especially beneficial for the lungs, due to their sulfur rich composition, stimulating the growth of lung tissue. Crucifers are a great source of vitamins B, A, C, E and K.
In particular, broccoli is like an all purpose multivitamin for the entire body. In addition it contains trace minerals and other nutrients that support the immune system and enhances all the systems of the body.
Eat more broccoli, and crucifers, to help heal liver disorders, nodules on bones and glands, adrenal fatigue, hypertension, depression and the herpes viruses. This green veggie also aids diabetes, migraines, anxiety, ADHD, Epstein Barr, shingles, aches and pains, joint pain and inflammation, leg cramps, menopause symptoms and heart palpitations.
When combined with asparagus, broccoli increases the cancer fighting compounds found in asparagus. It also strengthens the kidney cleansing phytochemicals in asparagus.
Broccoli can be eaten raw, added to salads, lightly steamed, stir fried or combined with other foods in casseroles. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this veggie is in a healthy macaroni and broccoli baked dish created by Anthony. You can find that recipe HERE.
I used to buy frozen vegetables most of the time, for convenience. Since going plant based, I rarely purchase bags of frozen veggies, preferring instead to buy fresh produce and spend the extra couple of minutes chopping or slicing in preparation for cooking. It’s a meditative experience, a hands on way of contributing to my health and wellbeing. Cutting my broccoli into florets tonight, for dinner, only took a minute. Long enough, though, to feel gratitude for all the health benefits it brings to me.
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