Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, whose large flower head is used as a vegetable. It has more nutritional value than any other vegetable, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Broccoli plays a preventive role in many of the chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Not only that, broccoli can also help you lose weight. Broccoli fills your stomach with nutrient-dense fiber which slows your digestive process and keep you feeling fuller longer and thus, you'll eat less.
Here are some tips to lose your weight with broccoli.
1. Add broccoli to your smoothies.
Make your smoothies by mixing chopped broccoli, low-fat yogurt, fresh fruits and nonfat milk. You can add some additional ingredients such as vanilla extract or a few of cinnamon. Blend until smooth. You don't have to use a lot of broccoli to obtain the benefits. Small amounts of broccoli is enough to have an additional fiber and nutrients to help you lose weight.
2. Add broccoli to your pancakes or omelets for your breakfast.
Mix small amount of chopped broccoli with pancake mix or eggs before before you cook it. The flavor of your pancakes may not have much of a change, but you will feel fuller longer, thanks to the added fiber. For a protein-rich breakfast, melt low-fat cheese over scrambled eggs with chopped broccoli.
3. Add broccoli to your juice.
Take your juicer and blend some heads of fresh broccoli with a few slices of your favourite fruits. Keep the pulp and use it to make soups. This makes you able to enjoy the health benefits of broccoli instead of eating it whole. Broccoli juice or pulp can be added to your favorite muffin or pancake mix as well, for addtional fiber and nutrition.
4. Take broccoli for a healthy snack.
Eat it cooked or raw, you'll enjoy the health benefits of broccoli. Skip the cheese sauce and replace it with low-fat dip instead. You can make a low-fat dip by adding a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil or a few of cracked pepper.