If you follow me on social media, or listen to Straight Up With Stassi, I’m constantly made fun of for my favorite breakfast food: BROCCOLI. Don’t be a hater! You can train your brain to be obsessed with it. So, let’s dish about the benefits of broccoli.
First of all, it’s amazingly beneficial for the largest organ we have: our skin! Broccoli is the best non-topical sunscreen for your body. It is full of vitamin C, which aids to build collagen (which fights against skin damage and helps prevent wrinkles). It’s no secret I love a good Botox sesh but I also eat this green EVERY DAY. Broccoli also contains vitamin A and E which help to give you that glow we all crave. LADIES (gents too), this veg is made for us! Who doesn’t desire boosted hair growth, pretty nails, and a stellar complexion? Added bonus: Keeping your weight down! It’s full of water and fiber but low in calories. Did we mention it helps prevent certain cancers (one being breast cancer)…? So let’s eat some broccoli, maybe A LOT of it. (Thanks Chef Jeanine for the expert input!)
Whether you choose to sauté, steam or blanch (my personal fave) this mean green, be sure not to overcook. I’m not a fan of boiling broccoli. When vegetables start to lose their color during the cooking process, they also lose their vitamins. When I prepare broccoli for breakfast, I heat up a few tablespoons of water in a saucepan and toss in raw broccoli over low-medium heat for no more than a few minutes. If you prefer yours softer (rather than al dente), cover with a lid but keep the cooking time down. Lightly season however you’d like! I add a pinch of sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder. SUPER SIMPLE, yummy and will also give you a boost of energy!
So, if you’re still wondering “why broccoli for BREAKFAST?”, prepare to be mind blown with the natural energy boost you’ll get from this crazy threesome: Broccoli, green tea extract and SPIRULINA. Spirulina is a blue-green algae and kick ass superfood! One 3-gram serving (of Spirulina) contains:
- 60% protein and an excellent source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium
- A rich source of health-giving phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
- 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots
- 3900% more iron than spinach
- 600% more protein than tofu
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries
(*Thank you https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/*)
I mix one teaspoon (5 grams) of Spirulina powder in a shaker with fresh orange or grapefruit juice. Shake it with some ice into a glass and take it like a shot (cocktails in the morning, anyone?).
I can’t take the credit for teaching you about this combo. Years ago, I read an article about a 101 year-old marathon runner who, when asked how he has the physical energy be so awesome, gave this glorious secret away. Check it out here: How a 101 Year Old Marathon Runner Discovered The Secret Behind Limitless Energy!!!
He didn’t really know the why or the how, but he did know that it worked. I gave it a shot because “don’t knock it ’til ya try it” and it REALLY does. I love a vanilla coffee in the morning yet I don’t crave it with this mighty mixture. Why not start your day with antioxidants? Remember, what you put IN your body will show on the outside.