Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad

Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad

Right now you’re saying Brussels Sprouts Salad really?  What if you can find a way to have this super healthy recipe for this vegetable and love eating it?  Let’s first talk about reasons why you want to think about this recipe and give it a try. Cruciferous vegetables offer better choices for DNA protection and are foods that provide protection again cancer.Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad And Protection Against Cancer

Brussels sprouts come packed with special cholesterol-lowering benefits when you steam them for cooking. I like cooking them for a better flavor too. This is one food that is a healthy recipe whether it’s cooked or not!

Sprouts have a particular fiber-related component that does a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. Their unique binding process makes it easier for bile acids to be expelled, and the outcome is a lowering of your cholesterol levels.

Brussels health benefits in the area of DNA protection in recent research showed they improve the stability of DNA inside of our white blood cells. These blood cells are what protect us from disease even cancer. Certain compounds in Brussels sprouts to block the activity of cancerous enzymes that occur in the body.

Cruciferous vegetables contain high amounts of glucosinolate. This is what gives mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, or broccoli their slightly bitter taste it gives you the best protection against cancer.

Let’s talk about your thyroid function. A current study, suggests that eating this vegetable can improve the function of this gland which can affect your energy, weight, and overall emotional health. Some cultures such as Germany eat a more cruciferous vegetable than American diets, and they have lower issues with Thyroid function and cancer.

Still not convinced?  What if I can offer you an Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe?

Amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

I’m not a fan of Brussels Sprouts Salad so the idea of eating much of them isn’t appealing to me and many others. For me, I wanted a healthy recipe that has anti-cancer benefits. I’ve learned its all in the preparation and dressing!  You can create a salad that others will ask for the recipe. It’s pretty simple, and this recipe is large enough to take to a BBQ or other summer party.healthy recipes

Because Brussels Sprouts Salad is great at other times of the year, keep this recipe handy all year long.

  • 5 cups shaved Brussels sprouts washed and raw. You can do this with a handheld cheese shaver. Or you can steam them for 6-8 minutes to release the flavor and contrast with the apples.
  • 1 apple (thinly sliced) I have tried tart apples and sweet apples depending on the time of the year. My favorite our crisp ones to offset the steamed sprouts.
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pomegranate seeds to add color.
  • Other add in’s can be avocado bites, sliced grapes or try different nuts and seeds to your liking.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil. Some clients have tried flavor infused olive oil, our favorite is Mango!
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Decide to steam then shred or just shave the sprouts. If cooking place enough water in a pot that your steamer screen sits above the water. Bring to a boil with a lid on the pot. Reduce heat, add fresh sprouts [removed outer layer of loose leave, wash and dry] to pot. Steam for 6-8 minutes. Cool before shredding/shaving by placing in the refrigerator and cut when cold.

In a hurry, skip the steaming and shave the sprouts into a large bowl once cleaned. Add sliced apples, nuts and seeds.

Dressing:Protection Against Cancer

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.2. Decide to steam then shred or just shave the sprouts. If cooking place enough water in a pot that your steamer screen sits above the water. Bring to a boil with a lid on the pot. Reduce heat, add fresh sprout [removed outer layer of loose leave, wash and dry] to pot. Steam for 6-8 minutes. Cool before shredding/shaving by placing in the refrigerator and cut when cold.In a hurry, skip the steaming and shave the sprouts into a large bowl once cleaned.3. Thinly slice apple (leave the peel on) and combine all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

4. Drizzle dressing over salad, and toss until everything is well mixed.

5. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to two days.

 

 

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I Tried It: Acupuncture for Weight Loss

I Tried It: Acupuncture for Weight Loss

 How needles and magnets helped one new mom get her body back

Gaining weight when you’re pregnant isn’t unusual. New mom, Caitlin wanted to try something different after spending months in the gym without the weight budging she turned to acupuncture in Denver with us.

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“At first I thought it might not work. Then I read an article about another new mom with the same problem, baby weight. Like me she’d changed her diet especially with nursing and was regular at the local gym; still she had belly fat.”

Caitlin’s first question was where would the acupuncture needles go? Dr. Debra explained that she would use tiny ear pins called auricular therapy because she places these on the outer ear to stimulate weight loss and curb cravings.

Acupuncture Can Help Weight Loss

She would also put acupuncture needles in her stomach area to help increase metabolism and reduce belly fat. One of Caitlin’s first remarks after treatment, “I didn’t realize how relaxing and comfortable acupuncture was. I don’t like needles and I didn’t feel these. Dr. Deb placed a small box beside me that connected to the needles in my tummy and I felt a gentle sensation.”

Debra explained to Caitlin, she would also place small ear magnets on the acupuncture points in her ear and she could push on these for the next couple of days if she felt hungry or wanted to enhance her visit.Integrative Health coaching

Integrative Health Coaching Adds Success For New Mothers’

She also recommended doing an integrative health history to find out if the gym program was the right one for Caitlin, to improve the best food options, and bring in more energy building foods specific to Caitlin into her diet.

After six weeks, Caitlin had marked weight loss and more energy. She didn’t diet rather they used foods that Caitlin liked to increase her metabolism.

She continued acupuncture weekly for two months along with changing some of her exercise routines her weight dropped to her pre-baby goal. Caitlin’s body also sculpted to a healthier more attractive shape than before.

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“I always felt my body didn’t fit my frame, but I didn’t understand why until after the baby and trying acupuncture. Many of the foods and even my typical way of exercising were not right for my body structure and metabolism. Integrative health coaching and acupuncture, both with Dr. Debra changed all that. The weight loss was the first step.

“With coaching though you learn so much more and we worked on my career goals along with stronger relationships. This is something I had always worried about because I was adopted and wanted to meet my own birth mom. I think acupuncture for weight loss is the best thing any mom can do for their health and body.” Caitlin adds.

Helping new and experienced moms’ look and feel their best is one of our goals at Denver Acupuncture Health at Accent On Health. Mothers set the standard for their families usually and helping them is creating a healthy future for the next generation.