María Felicia’s 2023 New Year Body… Cleanse – Day 7 | The North County Moms

Day 7



Broccoli complemented my salmon meal yesterday. Since there are leftovers there’s plenty on hand for snacking today and a few more days to come. These days, I love broccoli, but I remember a time when I did not care much at all for it. 

Correct cooking – the secret to good broccoli

I think it began when I was a kid. Broccoli was either served overcooked or not cooked enough. Even today, as I’d consider myself a true broccoli fan, for me broccoli needs to be steamed for just the right amount of time to make it worth my while to eat. It can’t be too mushy (overcooked); and it’s not that appealing when it’s cooked but too crunchy (undercooked). Like the Goldilocks’ reference from last week and my bowl of “brown rice” porridge, it has to be “just right” (precisely cooked) to please my taste buds. (Raw broccoli is excellent, too, but I prefer that with a dairy-based dressing – which is currently on my cleanse deny list.)


Those little mini trees are packed with nutrients. They are vegetable powerhouses of good with each forkful. According to the American Botanical Council, broccoli, in their “Food as Medicine” article, is beneficial in fighting diabetes, breast cancer and cervical cancer. It combats harmful effects of pollutants, carcinogens and environmental toxins. Eating broccoli gives a boost to heart health.  

The American Botanical Council breaks down broccoli’s nutrient profile this way:

Excellent source of: vitamins C and K. 

Very good source of: folate and vitamin A

Good source of: dietary fiber, manganese. potassium, vitamin B6, riboflavin and phosphorus

Also provides: magnesium, thiamin, calcium, iron, vitamin E and niacin

María Felicia’s 2023 New Year Body… Cleanse – Day 7

Written by Maria Felicia Kelley
Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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