Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mid-October Healthy Ideas

I just moved back to Toledo from California where I lived for the last eight years.
The autumn colors, smells and textures have been more beautiful than I remembered!
I took my husband and daughter to MacQueen's orchard for apple picking and Shetland pony riding.
Only my three year old rode the ponies.
We bought a gallon of apple cider and a warm apple pie with crumbled topping.
The cool temperatures of the fall can lead to a search for perfect comfort foods.

I found some delicious autumn foods that combine health and enjoyment.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables.  Other members of the same species that include cabbagecollard greensbroccolikale, and kohlrabi. 
They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber. They contain sinigrin which has anti-cancer properties.  

Brussels sprouts, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane, a chemical believed to have potent anticancer properties. Although boiling reduces the level of the anticancer compounds, steamingmicrowaving, and stir frying do not result in significant loss.[12]
Brussels sprouts and other brassicas are also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.[13][14]
Overcooking them will render them grey and soft and they develop a strong flavour some dislike.[8]

Here is a link to an excellent recipe:

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