Not all superfoods have to be expensive, weird, or rare to have major health benefits — broccoli is a perfect example of this.
Broccoli is an excellent source of fibre, which helps you to feel fuller for longer after eating, and is important for maintaining good gut health.
On top of that, broccoli packs a powerful nutrient punch, containing large doses of vitamin C (for immunity and healing) and vitamin K (good for bone density). You’ll also find B vitamins and iron, which are both essential for energy and repairing your body at a cellular level.
Check out our three main reasons broccoli is worth adding to your weekly veggie shop below!
BONUS FOR BONES
Broccoli contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are all important for strong bones, as well as healthy hair & nails.
Zinc is another key mineral for clear skin and shiny hair, and is found in red meat. Make an easy, tasty, complexion clearing meal by stir frying broccoli and strips of steak and serving with a dash of soy sauce!
FULL OF FIBRE
The fibre found in broccoli slows down the digestion of food in your stomach, which keeps you feeling full after eating, while increasing the amount of nutrients you absorb from your food.
Because fibre makes you feel full, high fibre intake is also beneficial when you’re wanting to stick to a reduced calorie diet – say goodbye to hunger pains!
Getting plenty of lean protein is also a great way to feel full when on a diet, while protecting your muscle mass at the same time. Pair broccoli with a tin of tuna or sliced chicken breast for an easy on the run lunch or dinner option for a one two punch of fibre and protein.
MUSCLE REPAIR AND RECOVERY
Whether you’re in the gym every day or just keeping up with your busy life, you need iron & B vitamins to maintain energy levels and recover well from any stress your body is exposed to.
Broccoli contains both, along with vitamin C which has the added benefit of helping your immune system fight off colds and flus so you stay happy and healthy.
Broccoli is living proof that not all superheroes wear capes – I mean, not all superfoods have to be expensive and rare!
This versatile veg is a winner with us, what’s your fave way to enjoy brocc? Sound off in the comments below!