Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

Broccoli Obsession

Hah…a recent (as of today) Google search hit for my blog was “broccoli obsession.” Darn – you guys have got me all figured out! I was just musing today how it seems I can’t go more than a day or two without the funky-lookin’ green veg gracing me with its’ presence. And I mean – I guess you can’t blame me. After all, it is ranking among the healthiest veg you could eat! Check this out:

  • helps protect from colon cancer
  • minimizes risk for cataracts
  • helps protect against stroke
  • boiled broc has more Vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than a glass of milk (compared ounce to ounce). I’d been starting to worry about my calcium lately – and I had no idea broccoli was such a great source!
  • a medium spear contains triple the amount of fiber than a piece of wheat bran bread
  • stimulates your body’s production of stage-two enzymes which is what the body uses to combat cancer. this neutralizes potential cancer-causing bad guys.

Broccoli is considered a “cruciferous” vegetable. Other vegetables in this family include kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage – and likewise, they have similar cancer-fighting properties. Broccoli sprouts are even more nutritious – ten to one hundred times as rich!

But, did you know – that since broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, that some poor souls actually taste broccoli as bitter?! It’s from the compound “PTC” which either tastes very bitter to a person or has no taste. It’s all dependent on your genetic makeup, and is largely a dominant trait.

Have you ever had broccoli sprouts?

What’s your favorite way to have broccoli – or – is broccoli bitter to you?

And after all that talking about broccoli…I didn’t even have any today! Sad life.

I did – however – have cookies for breakfast – which is just as good. Almost.

I also completely forgot about all of the raspberries I just picked yesterday. And they would have gone so well! Instead, topping this bowl of overnight oats was:

  • mango
  • banana
  • SuperCharge Me! cookie
  • cashews
  • wheat germ

Even lacking the raspberries, it sure was dii-vine. I’d missed mangoes – and while I’m still not getting sick of peaches or plumcots (surprisingly) – it was nice to have a change of pace!

Apparently, I decided to demonstrate poor equitation in this moment.

I was also really glad to spend some quality time with my Teddie this morning! Even though I was at the barn the past two days, I didn’t get to do anything with him – and I missed his adorable self! I just brought him in and got him all handsome and happy – scratching all of his scratchies! He made me proud by keeping his mane verrrry clean from his bath on Tuesday 🙂 I wasn’t able to do past his barrel because he wouldn’t stand still and I didn’t have a place to tie him – so we’ll just pretend he’s clean all over 😉

You know…for just being a couple crackers – these hold me over quite well as a morning snack! And I feel a little more at-ease for not having something sweet at every meal or snack time.

Work flew by today, and my appetite was a little low for some reason, after being starving this morning! I was really looking forward to trying a new bar this afternoon – but I never got around to it, and all of a sudden it was time to go home!

Alas, lunch was swell.

What’s hiding between these two silly looking slices of [delicious] bread?

Well – I am either brazen, naive, or slightly stoopid...

…because that would be a sandwich consisting of enough black beans for a bodybuilder or two, as well as sweet potato and raspberry-fig dressing. I know the dressing looks kinda gross – but it’s just from being snug against the lettuce all night.

Accompanied by:

and apple and peanut butter. Except, I never really “got” the whole vibe of eating apples with peanut butter. The apple is so juicy and crisp that it just overrides the peanut buttery goodness. I would prefer my peanut butter plain, next to the apple.

I got a slight want for something but not a whole bar, where a packed and unpictured chunk of energy came into play.

I was sort of lost for dinner, too – but knew a fridge cleanout was necessary. I still had some creamy tomato-pesto sauce and a large portion of eggplant. And a blackbean burger I made aaaages ago in the freezer. I think it was one of these. I can’t remember the last time I made them – before summer, I think – but it kept well! And I was pretty impressed with my handiwork – I formed that in a perfect circle patty, just about! Sometimes I surprise myself. Anyways:

Eggplant, garlic, tomato, basil, and tomato paste sauteed in some olive oil. Millet on the side. Creamy Tomato-Pesto Sauce and feta over top.

I still can’t cook millet right. That or I’m impatient. And we won’t talk about the fact that I accidentally made quinoa first. Wouldn’t have been a problem – I’ve no problem just eating quinoa instead – but I didn’t rinse it and didn’t feel like eating soap for dinner.

But hey – luckily, I love eggplant and bean burgers and feta and creamy tomato pesto sauce! But, what do you do with your millet?



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