AUBURN, Ala.—As winter approaches, it’s easy to get excited about seasonal foods such as turkey, pumpkin pie, and holiday cookies. But, along with these winter treats, there is another in-season food to get excited about—Brussels sprouts!
Okay, so Brussels sprouts may not seem quite as exciting as cookies. When prepared correctly, however, these little green vegetables can pack a real nutritious and delicious punch.
Why Brussels Sprouts?
Everyone knows eating vegetables is important, but many don’t know healthy Brussels sprouts are in particular.
According to Alabama Extension nutrition and diet regional agent Tera Glenn, Brussels sprouts are good for us for a variety of reasons.
For one, Brussels sprouts are extremely low in all the bad stuff. They contain few calories (only about 38 per cup), and are low in fat and sodium. In addition, they contain absolutely zero trans fat or cholesterol.
Brussels sprouts are also a great source of important nutrients, such as vitamin C and foliate and help keep our digestive system going.
“It’s recommended that we take in 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day,” said Glenn. “Brussels sprouts have about 4 grams of fiber per cup.”
“The Most Hated Vegetable in America”
Despite their amazing health benefits, Brussels sprouts tend to get a bad rap. According to a 2008 survey conducted by the Heinz Corporation, Americans hate Brussels sprouts more than any other vegetable.
One reason many people dislike Brussels sprouts so much is because they are often prepared wrong. “Some of the mistakes people make are boiling the life out of vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, and cooking them the same way every time,” Glenn added.
Luckily, Glenn has a few tips for making Brussels sprouts a real treat.
Brussels Sprouts Dishes You’ll Love
One extremely easy and delicious option is to make candied Brussels sprouts. Simply dust Brussels sprouts with olive oil, brown sugar and a pinch of salt, then microwave for 5 minutes.
If you have a little more time, crunchy Brussels sprouts are another option. Place Brussels sprouts, olive oil, bread crumbs and a dash of salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Shake to coat. Bake at 400°F for 30 to 45 minutes or until toasted.
Craving Greek food? Steam halved Brussels sprouts and serve with lemon juice, salt, pepper and feta cheese.
Asian zing your thing? Brussels sprouts are great when added to a sesame stir-fry.
Whatever way you choose to enjoy Brussels sprouts this winter, you can bet your body will enjoy their many health benefits.
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