It’s a lean, mean, Vitamin C machine! There is 135% of our Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin C in just one cup of broccoli. That’s as much Vitamin C as an orange! Adding more broccoli to our diet is a great way to give our immune system a healthy boost.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. This means that it is not stored in the body and we must replenish it every day. However, Vitamin C is often destroyed through food preparation or cooking. So what can we do to retain the Vitamin C when preparing broccoli? Since boiling can leach up to 90% of the nutrients from broccoli, we should instead use steaming, roasting, stir-frying, and microwaving as our cooking method. Additionally, broccoli can be enjoyed raw in many ways.
Broccoli is a cool season crop, which means it is in season in Utah this time of year. Because it is in season, it is usually less expensive at the grocery store, more colorful and full of flavor, and at it’s peak of nutrition. Click here to check out Top 10 Ways to Use Broccoli.
My favorite broccoli recipe is really simple. It’s a roasted broccoli recipe with garlic and Parmesan. Serve it as a side dish or on a bed of rice topped with grilled chicken as your main course. Enjoy!
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How will you include this lean, mean , Vitamin C machine in your diet today?