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).