Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Veggie All-Star

Casey Farm c. 1750
The holidays are over and it's time to get your kitchen stocked with some fresh vegetables.  If you have access to a local Farmer's Market great!  Fresh vegetables are packed with nutrients, low in sodium, and bursting with flavor.  So get your kitchen organized, grab your recipes together and start your new year by planning to eat clean and train consistently.  I am going to be posting great lean meal ideas to fuel your training for the new year.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sautéed Green Beans
I oven roasted these brussels sprouts @400 degrees (30-40 min) with fresh garlic on a cookie sheet, added a little kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.   I also sautéed some fresh green beans with a little low sodium chicken broth.  I decided to add them together.  I served them with a roasted turkey breast and baked sweet potatoes.  

Brussels sprouts contain Sulforaphane, a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties.  They are high in Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Beta-Carotene, and contain Vitamin B6, Thiamine, and Potassium, They also have more protein than most vegetables and are high in fiber and great for the digestive tract and lowering the risk of colon cancer:  1 cup = 6g fiber, 65 calories.

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