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5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Brussels Sprouts This Winter

Hello Villagers.
I never ate Brussels sprouts as a child, not because I didn’t like them but because my mom never really made them. Once I started eating these miniature cabbage-like vegetables as an adult, I absolutely fell in love with them.  Brussels sprouts are a fantastically versatile and nutritious vegetable. Here are 5 reasons why you should add them to add to your family’s menu this winter season.

 

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is important for cellular and immune health, while vitamin K is essential for bone health in growing children. Just 1 cup of Brussels sprouts provides over 100 of our daily needs. They are also good sources of folate, vitamin A, and potassium.

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Brussels Sprouts are a good source of fiber.

Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber. One cup meets 16 of our daily needs. They contain both insoluble fiber, keeping our bowels happy, and soluble fiber which is great for heart health.

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These sprouts are a surprising source of protein.

Brussels sprouts contain 4 grams of protein per cup. This is equivalent to over 1/2 ounce of meat. Make it a complete protein by pairing them with either beans or a whole grain.

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‘Tis the season.

Brussel Sprouts grow between September and February, making them a common winter vegetable. Buying when in season ensures the best quality and price.

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Versatility.

Partly due to the many ways you can prepare this little vegetable, Brussels Sprouts are making quite the come back to the family table. They can readily be steamed, roasted, grilled, fried, and chopped up for salads. Find out which way works best for you and start taking advantage of this nutrition-packed veggie!

Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Jessica Barnes received her PhD in nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Her research focused on food preference development and creating materials to help preschoolers become familiar with healthy foods. She has worked with families and communities as a clinical and community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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