When your refrigerator is stocked with nutritional supplements, then you know you’re a caregiver.
You may find yourself like Mary, struggling to come up with something nutritious and tasty in a hurry. Mary’s caregiving responsibilities too often seemed to interfere with her own healthy eating. Too often she often found herself grabbing whatever was handy. She knew her poor eating was making her feel worse.
One day she realized she wanted something warm and comforting. Like soup. With fondness, she remembered the soups her mother made when Mary was growing up. They often warmed her body and soul. That’s how she wanted—and needed—to feel.
Mary decided to add extra antioxidants and nutrients to the foods she ate whenever she could. She wanted to make wiser choices while using easy healthy recipes. In looking over her options, she learned broccoli has a lot to offer and can easily be made into a soup. It showed promise as a starting point for her easy healthy recipes.
And Mary likes broccoli!
Why is broccoli healthy eating?
Broccoli is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich vegetable. Its health benefits include lowering the risk for cataracts, building stronger bones, boosting immune systems and fighting cancer.
What is broccoli a good source of?
- Dietary fiber and protein…
- Vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6, C, E, K and M (folic acid)…
- Minerals including potassium, manganese, calcium, chromium and iron.
Broccoli is rich in antioxidants including the two powerful ones quercetin and glutathione. So those damaging free radicals don’t stand a chance against it!
One of those antioxidants is Q10, which helps the body produce energy. Broccoli also contains the anticancer agents called indoles, quercetin and glutathione.
And, you don’t have to eat a lot of broccoli to get all these super nutrients. Just one cup of broccoli provides almost 80 milligrams of vitamin C. All this nutrition is available in only 25 calories. What’s more, broccoli is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
How to choose the right bunch?
Selecting fresh broccoli isn’t difficult.
You want to look for sturdy stalks with compact, dark green florets. Avoid wilted ones with yellowing buds, because these stalks are already past their prime. You can store broccoli in the refrigerator for up to three days before it loses its vitamin content.
In some supermarkets, you will even find hybrids like broccoflower or broccolini, which combine cauliflower or kale with broccoli.
Trim any leaves from the stalk and the woody end of the stalk off the bottom. If you prefer to eat only the florets, or your recipe calls for just the florets, cut the broccoli florets off the stalk, rinse under running water, and drain. You can save the stalks for another recipe if desired. You can also peel the stalks with a vegetable peeler to get to the center, which is often more tender.
Broccoli is best eaten cooked because it contains goitrogens, which are chemicals that block the production of thyroid hormone. The good news is you can steam broccoli for a few minutes until it turns bright green, and destroy the goitrogens.
Mary uses a vegetable steamer, and found a recipe for Broccoli Soup in the recipe book that came with her Vitamix. Now she can make broccoli soup in the Vitamix machine in under 10 minutes, and with minimal clean-up.
How can you get a Vitamix machine?
Caregiving is a demanding job. Mary’s time crunch and struggles to find easy healthy recipes are not unique to her.
You may be facing some of the same challenges. Finding information and connecting with other caregivers can be difficult to impossible.
Caregivers are all busy. And when you do find a moment to connect, it’s likely to be at irregular times or when many offices are closed. The Internet certainly has helped bring more information to you at a time that’s convenient for you.
Still, it can be sometimes challenging to find information specific to caregivers. Just knowing the words to search for can be challenging. That’s why CaregivingWithPurpose.com has a Gold Caregiver Membership.
And Mary’s experiences inspired me to include information on super foods. While some of the recipes and information are available only for the months you subscribe, because the super foods information is so important for caregivers it’s available as part of the initial materials you’ll get when you join.
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To your healthy caregiving,
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