Rock your broc!

Rock your broc!

The right presentation can be key to getting more fruits and vegetables from plates into bellies. Whether incorporated as an ingredient in flavorful recipes or seasoned and served as a snack or side dish, broccoli can make for a versatile and tasty treat.

  • Dice and toss raw broccoli in a salad.
  • Pour lemon juice or sprinkle low-fat Parmesan cheese over steamed  broccoli to add and vary flavor.
  • For a healthy snack, chop raw broccoli into pieces and serve with a fat-free vegetable dip.
  • Add broccoli and other vegetables to soups, pastas, omelets, and casseroles.
  • Pack dried fruit or pre-cut fruits or vegetables in your child’s lunch.

Did you know?

  • A ½ cup serving of broccoli is about the size of one cupped handful.
  • A ½ cup serving of cooked broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.
  • Folate is a water-soluble vitamin that helps make healthy red blood cells in your body. It may also help to protect against heart disease.
  • Pregnant women need folate in their diets to help prevent some forms of birth defects.
  • Folate comes from leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli, some fruits (oranges), dry beans, and liver. Look for whole-grain breads and cereals fortified with folate (folic acid).

This post was written for the online newsletter 810 KIDS! To subscribe, click here. Copyright 2019 Michigan Fitness Foundation. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




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