Broccoli Sprouts Benefits + 6 Ways to Eat Them
Broccoli sprouts are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to enjoy cancer-fighting benefits. The key element is sulforaphane, which is a compound concentrated in broccoli sprouts.
Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.
Why Broccoli Sprouts?
As a thyroid cancer survivor and clean eating specialist, I’m always looking for easy and budget-friendly ways to incorporate more superfoods into my daily routine. Broccoli sprouts are the answer, my friend! In this post, I’ll share some tips on how to use them, plus some resources so you can get started eating more broccoli sprouts ASAP.
Check out my guide for how to grow broccoli sprouts.
First off, let’s review that hard-to-pronouce (and hard to spell!) word, sulforaphane.
What is sulforaphane and what are its benefits?
Sulforaphane belongs generally to a class of healthy compounds called phytonutrients, and then into a more specific class called isothiocyanates. Sulforaphane in particular has been studies for its role in detoxification, cancer prevention, tumor reduction, and even obesity prevention.
What are sulforaphane foods?
The foods rich in sulforaphane are generally ones that fall into the cruciferous family. So, that includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, bok choy, collard greens, and more.
Can’t I just take a sulforaphane supplement?
I’m personally of the mindset to start with food, but adding a supplement such as Diindolylmethane (DIM) is not a bad idea (read about its role in cancer prevention here). I take this DIM supplement a few times a day, but you should check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement.
In general, it’s always best to eat real foods over just taking a supplement. But, in this case, a supplement might help even more. In any case, you might also like my guide for sprouting broccoli.
Can broccoli sprouts cure cancer?
It sounds too good to be true, but at least one study has shown that mice fed broccoli sprouts had a reduced incidence in cancer tumor growth. Rat studies aren’t the same as human studies, but these types of results sure are positive for at least the potential for broccoli sprouts to reduce the grown of cancer cells.
Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you it’s time to start eating broccoli sprouts at least a few times a week, you’re probably wondering how to find or grow them?
Growing broccoli sprouts is one of the easiest and most affordable kitchen projects you can do. I’m no gardener, but I’ve mastered the method. I created a step-by-step guide to growing broccoli sprouts on your kitchen counter with no dirt. Please do check out that free guide and let me know if I didn’t answer any of your questions.
Next, now that you know how easy it is to sprout your own broccoli seeds, you might be wondering what to do with the sprouts? Sure, you could just shove a spoonful in your mouth every day, but I’ve come up with six ways to use broccoli sprouts.
1. In a sandwich
Putting sprouts in a sandwich is pretty traditional! Most sprouts in sandwiches are alfalfa sprouts, but substituting broccoli sprouts is an easy upgrade.
2. On toast
Avocado toast is a huge trend right now, and broccoli sprouts make the perfect healthy topping. As if avocado toast isn’t already the perfect meal, adding broccoli sprouts would make avo toast spectacular.
3. As a salad topper
Adding broccoli sprouts on top of a salad is another no-brainer. If you don’t love the taste of the sprouts, be sure to add some extra salad dressing to help mask the flavor.
4. As a soup garnish
There’s something in your soup. Nope, it’s just a sprout! I bet you never thought of topping your homemade soup with broccoli sprouts, did you? Hmmmm, how about my homemade broccoli soup topped with broccoli sprouts. Talk about a superfood meal.
5. In a smoothie
Yep, I said it. I put sprouts in my smoothies. I have proof with this Broccoli Sprout Smoothie recipe. This is the least offensive way to eat broccoli sprouts, just blend em’ up and chug ’em down.
6. In a spread
Or, instead of blending, you can food process your little broccoli sprouts right into your homemade hummus (my fav 4-ingredient hummus recipe is here).
What creative ways have you served broccoli sprouts? Let me know in the comments!