TO LIVE WELL. . .a series of posts dedicated to sharing anything I’ve learned along the way about how to increase the physical and emotional quality of our lives.
At first glance, this is obviously a pile of newly harvested broccoli. As a child, I’m sure I would have looked at this and said yuck, because I think somewhere along the line, children figure out that’s what they’re supposed to say about all vegetables, especially broccoli.
At this point in my life though, I think something very different when I see this picture.
About twelve years ago, I determined to learn as much as I could about nutrition as a way to address some current health needs of my children. Starting out, I thought I knew a decent amount about the potential benefits of certain foods, but now I realize I didn’t know very much at all.
We were all told that vegetables were good for us. That’s an easy assumption. But which ones are best? And how should we eat them? What can some do for us that others can’t?
If you’re new to the veggie fan club, start with green. The way I see it, green is gold where nutrition is concerned. Not only is it high in Vitamin C and fiber, it also contains compounds that help our bodies fight cancer.
Too many of us have friends and relatives stricken with this horrible disease. I think we have to ask ourselves why it is has become so prevalent. I believe much of it starts with what we’re eating and what we’re not eating.
Fast food, convenience food, packaged food, chemical-laden foods are a constant temptation in our lives. It takes a pretty determined effort to avoid them. But I have to believe it’s worth it.
Juicing is one way in which I’ve chosen to broaden my own nutrition. My goal is to juice once a day, using as many green vegetables as I can. The recipe below is one I came up with that features broccoli. I like it over ice. Give it a try!
1 small head of broccoli without the stalk
1 medium yellow squash
1 regular size cucumber
1 green pear
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 small lime
Yield 20 ounces.
Check out these articles on the benefits of broccoli!
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