We all know that we are supposed to eat more vegetables, especially cruciferous ones such as radishes, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy and of course amongst others, broccoli. I know the above list just makes your mouth water right? NOT lol. There are tremendous benefits to eating these veggies (according to the National Cancer Institute, cruciferous veggies tested on animals works for sure but on humans it’s not so clear? So you should be asking your dog if he wants some kibbles with his broccoli?)
I know I try to eat more healthy, but getting that daily cup of cruciferous is easier said then done. According to the National Cancer Institute, compounds in cruciferous veggies inhibit tumor blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and tumor cell migration (needed for metastasis). That’s very motivating to know, yet it’s so easy to pass up the bok choy or broccoli when I have a bag of blue organic non-gmo chips just waiting to be ripped open and dipped into my favorite salsa.
I admit I am a snacker and love all things dippable that I can eat using my fingers. In my case its best to prepare food ahead of time and stick it in the fridge, so when I have my daily snack attack it’s ready to go and I get a very nutritious, fresh, chock full of enzyme snack.
The recipe below is my favorite Broccoli-Hummus. Beware it’s very green and not for the faint hearted.
- 2 cups broccoli, all of it including stalks
- 1/4 cup + 2 TBS tahini
- 4 TBS lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves garlic (use 1 clove if you are not a garlic aficionado)
- 1/2 tsp cumin (to taste)
- 1/2 tsp paprika (to taste)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 drops dōTERRA essential lemon oil
- 1 TBS flax oil (can be substituted with quality olive oil)
- 1/2 avocado (optional)
1.Wash the broccoli, chop into little pieces and put into a blender (A K-Tec or Vitamix would be best if you don’t have a high-speed blender you just have to spend more time blending.) 2. Add the remaining ingredients except flax oil. Blend all ingredients until smooth and then blend in flax oil at the end. 2. If you want a creamier consistency, you can always blend in an avocado.
Once blended eat with cucumber and celery slices or red pepper. This makes a great snack, and it’s healthy too!