New Year Cleanse: Day 18 — Boastful About Brussels Sprouts - The North County Moms

Brussels sprouts are one of the most maligned vegetables out there (at least they used to be). I’m not sure why, but I think it originated from days gone by when the trend was to hard boil and overcook all things green.


Maria’s Cleanse Notes 

However you slice it, overcooking vegetables is never a good idea, especially if you’re in it for the flavor. Brussels sprouts are divine roasted (or even raw) when trimmed, halved, and tossed in olive oil, sea salt, and minced garlic.

For more about the excellent nutrients contained inside these tasty globes, see Francesca’s comprehensive breakdown, below. Then check out my Brussels sprouts post from last year for my thoughts on the reasons this vegetable deserves a little more love among the masses.

Day 18 2023 – Brussels Sprouts

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Francesca’s Take

Brussels sprouts are delicious cruciferous vegetables (when prepared correctly) that offer many health benefits. Rich in fiber, these mini-cabbages support digestive health by promoting
elimination and supporting a healthy gut microbiome. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, which support immune function, collagen synthesis, and bone health.

These vegetables also contain antioxidants, including glucosinolates, associated with anti-inflammatory and potential anticancer effects. Brussels sprouts provide essential minerals such as manganese, which plays a role in bone formation and blood clotting. Moreover, they are low in calories and high in nutrients, making them a weight-friendly option for those aiming to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Incorporating Brussels sprouts into your meals, whether roasted, sautéed, or added to salads, introduces a flavorful and nutrient-dense component to support overall well-being.

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To see access the daily updated menu of 2024 cleanse posts, please visit the Jumpstart January – 2024 Cleanse: María Felicia’s Daily Online Journal

Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
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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