What happened to brussel sprouts?
For some reason, it feels like brussel sprouts have been bumped to the back of the vegetable train, or maybe they’ve never been really beloved. This is something we at FRIDGEFRESH don’t understand at all. These edible buds that become leafy greens are healthy, delicious and versatile veggies that you can add to so many different meals.
We love brussel sprouts and believe they are a part of living a FRESH life.
This is why we’re here to bring brussel sprouts back to fridges everywhere.
How, you ask?
Let’s start with the basics:
Brussel Sprouts Nutrition.
In case you’re curious why brussel sprouts should be in your kitchen, here is a quick overview of the most important
brussel sprouts nutrition facts:
- Overall, brussel sprouts are very high in vitamins A, C, and K.
- Per serving, which is about half a cup, there is an extremely low number of 28 calories in brussel sprouts.
- The carbs in brussel sprouts are also relatively low, hitting around 6 grams per serving
- Brussel sprouts are very high in fiber
Now, what exactly are the health benefits of brussel sprouts?
The reason it’s so great that brussel sprouts have high levels of vitamins is because these vitamins have shown to actually do positive things in the body. For example, vitamin C helps boost immunity and vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting and bone health.
This green vegetable is also rich in antioxidants which promotes all around good health and may reduce the growth of cancer in cells according to current research.
Additionally, the high amount of fiber can promote regularity in the body and digestive health. It has also shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The average amount of recommended daily fiber intake is 30 grams, and a healthy portion of brussel sprouts can account for a third of that.
Lastly, for those who don’t eat fish, getting enough omega-3 fatty acids for your body can be difficult. Brussel sprouts are one of the few non-seafood options that contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation, insulin resistance, cognitive decline, and blood triglycerides.
Now it’s time to talk about how exactly, to eat these leafy green vegetables.
A lot of people are sometimes dissuaded from including brussel sprouts in their meals because they don’t know how to prepare them properly. When it comes to veggies like spinach or carrots, it’s extremely evident just by looking at the vegetable how to eat them. Spinach you just toss in a bowl and carrots you can eat straight from the bag. But when it comes to brussel sprouts, the buds that they start out in can be confusing.
When you pick them up from to store, brussel sprouts will look like tightly, packed buds of leaves. The way to transform them into a yummy, edible, veggie when you get home is to first trim the stems and then cut them in half.
What you do next depends on how you’d like to eat them. The two most common ways are as a salad or roasted.
If you want to make a brussel sprout salad, simply let the leaves peel apart after you cut them in half. You may also continue cutting the halves if you want smaller pieces rather than large leaves for your salad. Brussel sprouts are naturally more on the tough side when you eat them raw for a salad. So to soften them up, rub them with a little salt before mixing them into a salad.
Probably the most delicious way to eat brussel sprouts though is to roast them. When you roast them, you can eat them by themselves, with meat, or mixed in with a vegetable medley or pasta dish. To roast brussel sprouts, you simply let them stay as put together halves, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and scatter them on a baking sheet or tray. Make sure they’re not too crowded because due to the high amount of water in them, they’ll steam next to each other rather than brown. Roast them at 450 degrees for thirty minutes, tossing them every ten minutes or so. This will get them yummy and crispy.
Last but not least: how to store brussel sprouts.
Once you bring them home from the store, you’ll want to immediately wash off your brussel sprouts, pat them dry and then put them into a resealable bag or container.
They are best stored in a drawer in your fridge that has an opening or two.
For ultimate freshness on your brussel sprouts, set them near our produce-saving fridge unit, FRIDGEFRESH. This will maximize the freshness of your brussel sprouts and help them stay fresher for up to three weeks longer! This means that you will have crunchy and delicious brussel sprouts ready for you to eat when you want to eat them. No more forcing yourself to eat your veggies within the two to five days after purchasing them.
Overall, brussel sprouts are a highly underrated leafy green veggie that everyone needs in their fridge. With so many health benefits and ways to add them to your meals, there’s no reason not to pick a bushel up from the store the next time you buy your groceries.