by Growing Needs | Jan 23, 2023 | Lifestyle & Wellness, Wellness
Not sure what greens to stock up for the larder this week?
As the “executive chef” of my home, I often find myself at the vegetable store, wondering what I should be buying to put on the table for the coming week. I want something that is nutritionally robust, versatile, fast to cook and good to eat all at the same time. Does such a wonder green even exist?
Introducing the humble Broccoli; my fail-safe wonder green of choice for both the young and old alike.
Broccolis are a nutritional power house containing various vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Besides various types of vitamin B, zinc, copper, selenium and other anti-oxidants, here’s what you get in a humble cup (76g) of broccoli based on data from the USDA.
Feature broccolis regularly on your dining table and you can perhaps cut down some spending on supplementary multi-vitamin pills.
With all the goodness contained in these little green florets, broccolis are able to provide the following health benefits:
Older persons will also be glad to hear that the sulforaphane contained in broccoli can help counter aging effect and reduce wrinkles.
What I particularly love about this green though, is its sheer versatility.
Depending on whether you are cooking for little children, adults or the elderly, you can adjust the texture of this vegetable by using different cooking times and methods.
Using these various methods of cooking, a broccoli dish can be easily prepared within 15mins.
Here is a helpful video demonstrating five easy ways to cook broccoli:
There are in fact many types of broccoli to choose from to keep things interesting for the family. The type of broccoli that is most common place is the Calabrese Broccoli. However, the Kai Lan is also a type of broccoli and provides the option for a leafy alternative to the Calabrese.
You may also come across other interesting varieties in the supermarkets such as the:
When you see them, why not give them a try and give your family a new experience on their plates.
When buying broccoli, the following tips will help ensure you are getting the best and freshest item on the shelves:
In order to keep the broccoli you bought fresh for a longer time, take note of the following:
If you are cooking broccoli for elderly persons, do take note of the following:
Growing Needs grew out of our own encounters with caring for our aging parents and reflecting on the Growing Needs that we ourselves would face as we advance in years. We hope to build a community that will learn, share and contribute towards caring for the growing needs of our loved ones.