Sprouts for Weight Loss

Sprouting Fat Loss – How Brussel Sprouts Improve Your Weight Loss.

Are you trying to lose weight naturally?

If so, then you will probably be looking for a variety of fat burning vegetables -especially green and cruciferous vegetables.

You may have seen my article on green leafy vegetables for fat loss covering Kale, Spinach etc but have you considered  sprouts for weight loss?

You may remember Brussels sprouts as those small, round peculiar veggies that ended up on your plate as a child. Like most children, you probably didn’t want to eat them or cringed at the way they smelled while cooking.

fresh green brussel sprouts - natures fat burning parcels
Green brussels sprouts – natures own fat burning vegetable all wrapped up in a parcel

Despite these little drawbacks, they were put on your plate for good reason: they’re actually one of the world’s healthiest foods, making them a diet necessity.

Not just for Christmas or special occasions, Brussel sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins and anti-oxidants for both short term weight loss and permanent weight loss.

Those little veggies that look like mini-cabbages are packed with vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals that work wonders for your body – in both weight loss and health. Not only are they highly nutritious, but they’re also extremely versatile and can be prepared in a number of different ways.

This means you have a variety of options for how to add them to your diet, so you’ll never get bored with these perfectly crafted vegetables.

What Are Brussels Sprouts?

Brussels sprouts don’t just look like mini-cabbages; they’re actuallybrussel sprouts - raw members of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages.

Ancestors of the modern Brussels sprout were probably cultivated in ancient Rome. The sprouts we know and love today were probably originated from 13th Century Belgium.

A small, leafy vegetable, brussels sprouts are packed with protein, vitamins (A,C,B6 and K), Folate (folic acid), fiber, Calcium, Potassium and many more nutrients.

Brussels sprouts have found popularity due to their high nutritional value and versatility in the kitchen.

Nutritional Value And Health Benefits

No matter how they come, Brussels sprouts can offer you an excellent source of nutrients. Packed with good things from nature, these vegetables are perfectly crafted for maintaining health and wellness.

A rich source of vitamin C and K,  sprouts also contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acid, and other essential minerals. They are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber and contain absolutely no cholesterol.

Like cabbages, they may cause an overactive bowel if eaten to  excess.  More than making you extra-regular, they can also cause gas and bloating if eaten in large portions or too frequently.

Brussels sprouts are also a great source of vitamin A (an antioxidant required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin, and promoting optimal eye health). Foods rich with vitamin A have been known to offer protection against some cancers such as oral cavity and lung cancer. The extent of cancer-protection in Brussels sprouts is still widely researched. Promising findings hint that this veggie helps fight cancer causing agents and cleanses the body of many toxins.

Brussels sprouts are also one of the leading vegetable sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K is known to improve bone health and preventing diseases and disorders of the bones such as osteoporosis.

In addition to these nutrients, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of the following minerals:-

  • copper
  • iron
  • manganese
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • and phosphorus.

Being rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, Brussels sprouts help to treat many health problems. They are simply a highly nutritious addition to any diet.

As already mentioned, Brussels sprouts help with a number of health problems. They provide the body with the support it needs to build strong bones, remove toxins (cleansing or detoxing) and cancer-causing radicals and agents.

The nutrients in Brussel Sprouts also regulate metabolism, promote strong muscles, oxygenate the blood, and do much, much more….

These superfoods are a do-it-all veggie that promotes optimal health and well-being.

Brussel Sprouts and Fat Loss

Rich in vitamins and minerals (Vit A, B, C and K), Brussel sprouts also contain Vitamin B6 (a group of related vitamins that help convert food into energy). The fibre in Brussel sprouts helps to regulate appetite and feeds friendly gut bacteria.

With Vitamins A and C being antioxidants, Brussel sprouts also help to increase your metabolism. By cleansing out the toxins in your fat cells, the transfer of energy from the fat cells becomes more efficient resulting in improved metabolism.  The added benefit of this is the brain chemistry becomes healthier.

This holistic health process results in improved appetite control, hormone regulation and…. …..weight control.

How To Cook Brussel Sprouts

Adding Brussels sprouts to your diet is incredibly easy because they can be

sauteed brussel sprouts
Sauteed Brussel Sprouts – a new sweeter way to cook brussel sprouts

cooked in so many different ways:-

  • Oven roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Boiled / steamed
  • Stir-fried
  • Baked
  • Shredded
  • Parmesan sprouts
  • Breaded
  • and raw sprouts are just a few ways to prepare these veggies.

They can also be added to soups, salads, casseroles,  and used as garnish around meat, poultry and fish. There’s truly no right or wrong way to make these, so simply find a recipe that interests you and get cooking!

Preparing Brussel Sprouts.

Brussel sprouts are relatively easy to prepare. Simply cut or break off from the stem and remove the very outer leaves.

To Boil or Steam

Simply cut a cross in the stem of the sprout to aid cooking into the core and place in a pan of boiling water, return to the boil and cook over a moderate heat for approx 20 mins. Drain and serve either with roasted almonds or sweet chestnuts with a sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper. They may also be tossed in a little butter for an extra treat.

Roasting  Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts may be added to a selection of other vegetables to create a medley of roast vegetables. Simply prepare as above or cut in half and place in a roasting tray with your preferred selection of complimentary vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, onions etc). Additionally, the roasting process brings out the natural sugars making them sweeter than other preparations.

There are many ways to enjoy this “understated” and underestimated vegetable. Whilst they are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, finding a recipe that suits your taste should not be too difficult.

Brussel sprouts with cashew nuts
Brussels sprouts with Cashew Nuts

Created By Nature, Made for You

Though Brussel sprouts may have gained a bad reputation when you were a child, you can now look at them with new eyes. These little vegetables are wholly good for you with only benefits for your body and wellbeing.

When eaten in moderation, these beauties will keep you regular, have you feeling great, and inspire you to create a healthy diet around them and their health benefits.

Mom always said – “Eat your vegetables!” And she was right!

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