Right now you’re saying Brussels Sprouts Salad really? What if you can find a way to have this super healthy recipe for this vegetable and love eating it? Let’s first talk about reasons why you want to think about this recipe and give it a try. Cruciferous vegetables offer better choices for DNA protection and are foods that provide protection again cancer.
Brussels Sprouts Salad And Protection Against Cancer
Brussels sprouts come packed with special cholesterol-lowering benefits when you steam them for cooking. I like cooking them for a better flavor too. This is one food that is a healthy recipe whether it’s cooked or not!
Sprouts have a particular fiber-related component that does a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. Their unique binding process makes it easier for bile acids to be expelled, and the outcome is a lowering of your cholesterol levels.
Brussels health benefits in the area of DNA protection in recent research showed they improve the stability of DNA inside of our white blood cells. These blood cells are what protect us from disease even cancer. Certain compounds in Brussels sprouts to block the activity of cancerous enzymes that occur in the body.
Cruciferous vegetables contain high amounts of glucosinolate. This is what gives mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, or broccoli their slightly bitter taste it gives you the best protection against cancer.
Let’s talk about your thyroid function. A current study, suggests that eating this vegetable can improve the function of this gland which can affect your energy, weight, and overall emotional health. Some cultures such as Germany eat a more cruciferous vegetable than American diets, and they have lower issues with Thyroid function and cancer.
Still not convinced? What if I can offer you an Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe?
Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe
I’m not a fan of Brussels Sprouts Salad so the idea of eating much of them isn’t appealing to me and many others. For me, I wanted a healthy recipe that has anti-cancer benefits. I’ve learned its all in the preparation and dressing! You can create a salad that others will ask for the recipe. It’s pretty simple, and this recipe is large enough to take to a BBQ or other summer party.
Because Brussels Sprouts Salad is great at other times of the year, keep this recipe handy all year long.
- 5 cups shaved Brussels sprouts washed and raw. You can do this with a handheld cheese shaver. Or you can steam them for 6-8 minutes to release the flavor and contrast with the apples.
- 1 apple (thinly sliced) I have tried tart apples and sweet apples depending on the time of the year. My favorite our crisp ones to offset the steamed sprouts.
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pomegranate seeds to add color.
- Other add in’s can be avocado bites, sliced grapes or try different nuts and seeds to your liking.
- 1/4 cup olive oil. Some clients have tried flavor infused olive oil, our favorite is Mango!
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Decide to steam then shred or just shave the sprouts. If cooking place enough water in a pot that your steamer screen sits above the water. Bring to a boil with a lid on the pot. Reduce heat, add fresh sprouts [removed outer layer of loose leave, wash and dry] to pot. Steam for 6-8 minutes. Cool before shredding/shaving by placing in the refrigerator and cut when cold.
In a hurry, skip the steaming and shave the sprouts into a large bowl once cleaned. Add sliced apples, nuts and seeds.
- Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.2. Decide to steam then shred or just shave the sprouts. If cooking place enough water in a pot that your steamer screen sits above the water. Bring to a boil with a lid on the pot. Reduce heat, add fresh sprout [removed outer layer of loose leave, wash and dry] to pot. Steam for 6-8 minutes. Cool before shredding/shaving by placing in the refrigerator and cut when cold.In a hurry, skip the steaming and shave the sprouts into a large bowl once cleaned.3. Thinly slice apple (leave the peel on) and combine all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
4. Drizzle dressing over salad, and toss until everything is well mixed.
5. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to two days.
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