Seasonal Food Spotlight: Brussels Sprouts

Similar to kale’s rise to fame, brussels sprouts are now having their turn in the spotlight. Despite their reputation for being repugnant to kids, they can actually be really delicious! I actually didn’t start eating brussels sprouts until grad school when Will introduced me to roasted sprouts – so yummy. The simplest way to prepare these little guys is to halve them, toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ~35 minutes or until browned. They pair well with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar. Here’s 5 reasons why these sprouts are so healthy for you:

  • One serving (1 cup) has only 38 calories and over 3 grams of fiber.  The extra heart healthy fiber can help lower cholesterol.
  • Brussels sprouts provide up to 120% of your daily need for Vitamin C.
  • They are full of cancer fighting antioxidants like glucosinolate.
  • These sprouts are also a great source of folate.
  • The sulfur compounds in brussels sprouts are reported to help with detoxification processes in the liver.

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To get started on eating this healthy food, here are a few recipes!

Seasonal Food Spotlight: Pomegranates

Since I frequently talk about a whole foods diet and choosing seasonal produce, I thought I would start writing posts highlighting a different fruit or vegetable of the season. For the first post, I wanted to feature a fruit that I had never tried until recently – the pomegranate. I never knew just how much I was missing out! The word pomegranate in Latin translates to “seeded apple”, which is a perfect description for this odd-ball fruit. Pomegranates originated in the Middle Eastern country of Iran and grow best in drier climates. Pomegranates are a fall fruit, typically grown in the US in California and Arizona.

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Pomegranates are shaped a bit like an apple (hence the name “seeded apple”) with a tough outer skin. Cut through the skin and you’ll find the inside filled with ruby red seeds or arils – the edible part of the fruit. They have a slightly tart-sweet taste, similar to a cranberry. Pomegranates are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. A few years ago, you may remember that pomegranates were in the spotlight as a new superfood when POM juice was popular. Other than juiced, there are numerous ways to enjoy this yummy fruit. So far, my favorite way to enjoy them is on top of yogurt or cereal in the morning. They are also great in salad!

Great Recipes for Pomegranate: