Super/Food – Broccoli

Does anybody know the saying: Chocolate is God’s excuse for broccoli?
Well, I love chocolate in every imaginable way (hot cocoa, cake, cookies, plain old chocolate bars), but I really like broccoli as well. I remember, one holiday with my parents a few years ago we were on a real broccoli kick. We’d eat some freshly steamed broccoli, with mini jacket potatoes and some relish almost every evening. Everytime I eat it now, I think back to that holiday (green tea with mint was also high on the list that year, so I guess we were on a healthy kick, not just a broccoli kick…anyway, I’m running off the topic). Broccoli is not only a great holiday memory for me and just as tasty as chocolate, it’s also really healthy! Read why:

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You probably know that no food can heal cancer. There are some foods though, that help prevent it and broccoli is one of them. Especially glucosinolates prevent that harmful substances from our food or our environment can damage our cells (which would cause cancer). At the same time, broccoli activates the degradation of harmful substances in your body.

Broccoli doesn’t only help if you want to prevent cancer, there’s so much more in the small green ‘trees’ (as my brother calls it). One portion of broccoli covers twice your daily need of vitamin C. This way it strengthens your body’s defences and also helps your skin. If you eat enough, you will notice it being more soft and delicate. Broccoli is also full of calcium, which is surprising for a vegetable. One portion contains just as much as one glass of milk making it especially important for vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant.

Come back tomorrow for a really tasty recipe by another amazing new contributor.

PS: See those great pictures? They are by Danielle Marshall, one of my oldest blogging pals. She will be contributing pictures for super/food from now on and I hope to see a lot more of her on here in the future! Head on over to her lovely blog!

7 Comments

  • danielle
    October 16, 2013
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    I didn’t know broccoli was so good for you! Glad I like it now :) So glad you asked me to contribute to this column!! I love nothing more than food and photography :) This makes me so happy!! Hope you had a lovely day!! xoxo

    • hanna
      October 16, 2013
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      i’m so happy to be working together, this is going to be a great :)
      and if you like broccoli, you should definitely try tomorrows recipe ;)

      • danielle
        October 16, 2013
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        I made broccoli cheddar soup with the broccoli I had and it was divine! Will definitely be implementing it more in my diet!

        • hanna
          October 17, 2013
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          sounds so yummy! do you still have the recipe, I want to try it…;)

          • Danielle
            October 17, 2013

             

            Definitely! I’ll send it in our email!

  • Emily
    October 17, 2013
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    this is so great! danielle is one of my longtime friends too :) i absolutely love anything broccoli + knowing how good it is for you makes it all the more better! thanks for sharing!

    • hanna
      October 17, 2013
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      you’re welcome :)
      i really live it, too!

      and i actually found your blog through danielle’s :)


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