Superfood of the Week: Broccoli
To kickstart our weekly Superfood of the Week we are going to begin with the popular and reliable broccoli. Not many people know that the humble broccoli is a superfood, compared to its exotic counterparts, but broccoli has a huge amount of benefits which you can utilise in your everyday life. We thought we would ease you in gently with the ever-delicious broccoli, and with the huge variation of preparation techniques and influx of broccoli in local supermarkets, it is the perfect way to introduce yourself to superfoods.
What are the benefits?
Well, to begin with broccoli has a huge amount of Vitamin K packed inside, which helps heal wounds properly. It also helps our bones to soak up calcium from this glorious veggie and in turn can prevent you from developing osteoporosis. There is also evidence that eating broccoli as part of a balanced diet can prevent you from developing cancer. The phytochemicals in broccoli help protect our organs, as the phytochemicals act as a barrier and protects our cells from oxidative damage. Another vitamin present in broccoli is Vitamin C which enables white blood cells to fight off bacteria and viruses and overall protects our immune system.
Here are a few of our ideas of how to serve broccoli, these are just a small amount of ideas but the possibilities are endless. We would love it if you #sharethewisdom and send us some broccoli inspo!
Broccoli, Avocado and Quinoa Salad
Why not try and make your own Broccoli pesto by mixing broccoli, ½ cup of Almonds, salt, oil, and lemon juice in a food processor and blitz until it becomes a smooth texture. Combine this with your Quinoa, avocado and more broccoli and add an optional topping such as basil, seeds or nuts. You could also try swapping Avocado for another superfood such as butternut squash.
Squash Spaghetti and Broccoli
We’re sure many of you will be familiar with the new trend which is to cut down on carbs and use a vegetable variety instead. butternut squash is a great alternative. Cut the butternut squash in half and place the squash with inside facing down into the oven for roughly an hour. When the squash has cooled down enough so that it’s easy to handle simply get a fork and scrape the inside of the squash so that it resembles slim strands of spaghetti. Add your broccoli florets and any additional items such as roasted nuts, kale or sesame seeds. And viola…an Instagram worthy dish.
Broccoli Stir Fry
This is a quick and easy meal which still provides you with nutrients. The beauty of this dish is that you have the freedom to play around with the ingredients and make it different every time. Why not try whole wheat noodles, brown rice or buckwheat noodles as a healthy alternative? Add the broccoli with some additional ingredients such as chicken, soy sauce or ginger.
Broccoli at Bite Club
Many of our Big Bites include this wonderful superfood, as the benefits are too good to ignore! The Mediterranean, Japanese Chilli Salmon, Asian Chicken Noodles or our Chicken Buddha Bowl all contain broccoli so pop in store or order on our app to get some well-deserved broccoli lovin’.