health benefits of brussels sprouts and recipesYou may remember Brussels sprouts as those small, round veggies that ended up on your plate as a child. Like most children, you didn’t want to eat them or cringed at the way they smelled while cooking. Despite these little drawbacks, they were put on your plate for a good reason. Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods, making them a healthy part of any a diet.

Those little veggies that look like mini cabbages contain vitamins and minerals, and can do wonders for your body and your immune system. Not only are they nutrient rich, but they’re also versatile. Brussels sprouts can be prepared in many different ways. This means you have a variety of options for how to add them to your diet. You don’t need get bored with these ideally crafted vegetables, made by nature with the utmost care.

What Are Brussels Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are members of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages. These cabbages are grown for their edible buds and may have gotten their name from Brussels, Belgium. We believe they have originated there and are popular. Ancestors of the modern Brussels sprout were most likely cultivated in ancient Rome. But the sprouts we know today were likely grown as early as the 13th century in Belgium. A small, leafy vegetable, Brussels sprouts contain protein, vitamins, fiber and many more nutrients.

Nutritional Value And Health Benefits

No matter how they come, Brussels sprouts can offer you an excellent source of nutrients. Packed with good things from the earth and nature, nature designed these vegetables for us to maintain health and wellness. When raw, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and K. And contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acids, and other essential minerals. They are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber and contain no cholesterol. Like cabbages, they may cause an overactive bowel if eaten too much, so it is important to eat them in moderation. More than making you extra-regular, they can also cause gas and bloating if eaten too much.
Brussels sprouts are also a great source of vitamin A, an antioxidant required for:

  • maintaining healthy mucous membranes
  • skin
  • promoting optimal eye health.

Foods and veggies rich with vitamin A offer protection against some cancers such as oral cavity and lung cancer. The extent of cancer protection in Brussels sprouts is still researched.
Brussels sprouts are also one of the leading veggie sources of vitamin K, which is best for bone health and preventing diseases and disorders of the bones such as osteoporosis. Also, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of the following minerals:

  • copper
  • iron
  • manganese
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • phosphorus.

Unlike some grains and other plant-based foods, Brussels sprouts are not only used for specific problems. This is because they are so rich in vitamin and minerals—they are a balanced nutritious addition to any diet.
As already mentioned, Brussels sprouts help with a some health problems and provide the body with the support it needs to:

  • build strong bones
  • remove toxins and cancer-causing radicals
  • agents regulate metabolism
  • promote strong muscles
  • oxygenate the blood
  • and more.

Brussels sprouts are a do-it-all veggie that promotes optimal health and wellbeing.

brussels-sprouts-casseroleHow To Prepare Brussels Sprouts

Adding Brussels sprouts to your diet is easy because you can cook them in many different ways:

  • oven-roasted Brussels sprouts
  • stir-fried
  • baked
  • shredded sprouts
  • breaded
  • raw sprouts
  • fermented sprouts

These just a few ways to prepare these veggies.

You can add them to:

  • soups
  • salads
  • casseroles
  • pasta dishes
  • vegan loafs

There’s no right or wrong way to make these, at the end of this post I have included recipes that might intrigue you and get cooking!

Created By Nature, Made for You

These little vegetables are good for you with only benefits for your body and wellbeing. When eaten in moderation, these sprouts will keep you regular, have you feeling great, and inspire you to create a healthy diet around them and their health benefits.

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Nutritional fact at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/

Brussels sprouts and cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ (for geeks)

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