What do broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale & cabbage have in common?
They’re all members of the cruciferous, or cabbage, family of vegetables. And they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fibre that are important for your health.
Cabbage, for example, is rich in chorophyll, folic acid and vitamin C. It also contains selenium and the detoxifying minerals sulfur and chlorine.
The phytonutrients in cabbage include brassinin. caffeic acid, lutein, quercetin (the list is quite long!).
Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C and folic acid. Some other B vitamins and most of the minerals are also present – especially potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Broccoli is one of those vegetables definitely best eaten raw of very lightly steamed. Broccoli is also rich in phytonutrients.
Beetroots (while not cruciferous) are a power-house of a vegetable – rich in vitamins and minerals (and, for the non-sqeamish, it is also a fantastic way to measure your intestinal transit time because of the red colour!).
I could write whole posts about garlic – suffice to say that is has immune boosting properties, the mineral sulfur promotes elimination of toxins from the blood, lymph system and body. It is also rick in phytonutrients.
Carrots are also a bundle of goodness, nutritionally speaking.
I’m sure you’re all aware of the great health benefits of avocados – also a great addition to any meal.
So, you may ask, why am I going on about these magnificent vegetables? Because I made a superfood salad and a zingy yogurt and avocado based dressing that tastes absolutely, phenomenally gorgeous!
Here are some pics and, until I get the recipe typed up and on here, you can see it step-by-step over on Steller HERE.
I will also being running the whole recipe through my super-cool nutritics software and posting the results for you all to see.