Two weeks ago, I wrote about growing broccoli sprouts at home here, and how Dr. Michael Greger claims they are the “biggest nutritional bang for your buck.” The element that is in broccoli sprouts that has been identified to be so healthful is called sulforaphane. A quick search on PubMed found all kinds of published studies on how this compound is being studied in cancer research. For all of these reasons, I am now growing a fairly constant supply of broccoli sprouts in my kitchen.
Harvest day is always exciting!
Most people put sprouts on a sandwich or a salad, but I’ve been putting them in a “dessert” green smoothie. The fruit covers most of the spicy flavor of the sprouts. Also, since it’s advised to rinse sprouts thoroughly before eating them, this way I don’t have to worry about drying them before I eat them. I just rinse and plop them into the blender. The resulting smoothie isn’t even green in color:
Broccoli Sprout Smoothie
3 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed
2 cups broccoli sprouts, rinsed well
1 banana, frozen
1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup frozen mango chunks
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon carob powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Medjool dates or 20 drops liquid stevia
Combine water and almonds in a high-speed blender and process for about a minute. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Thanks for your concern about my cat, Roxy, and her dental procedure on Tuesday. She’s doing much better this morning after a good night’s sleep. My other cat, Xena, was upset by the change in Roxy’s behavior, too. She sulked most of yesterday until Alan brought home a box from Costco that she could explore:
Alan was so excited because he found organic blackberries and raspberries at Costco, yesterday. I should say he got a little over-excited, because he brought home six 3-pound bags! I don’t know how I found room in my freezer for nearly 20 pounds of frozen fruit, but I did. After dinner last night, we busted open the stash and had microwaved blackberries for dessert. This surprisingly simple dessert is one of my favorites.
I also love eating blueberries this way, just put your frozen fruit in a bowl and microwave for about a minute or so.
We had two bowls each. I’m not a calorie-counter, but I noted that one cup of blackberries had 60 calories and 8 grams of fiber. Woo-hoo!
I don’t have anything exciting planned today, so I’ll be back here
on Saturday this weekend with a new post. Have a happy, healthy rest of your week.