The mini cabbage-like veggies have had quite a bad rep in the past, but those tiny green heads are actually pretty tasty, and they carry powerful benefits.
"Each cup [of brussels sprouts] delivers 3 grams of fiber, plus, like kale, they deliver lutein and zeazanthin," Molly Morgan, RD, says. That means you'll have an extra boost of age-fighting action.
This winter, stock up on the holiday staples, and surprise your guests with any of these 7 unexpected brussels sprout recipes.
Already bite-size, brussels sprouts were tailor-made for use as easy party fare. They caramelize when roasted, which creates an addictive flavor, and the only utensils guests will need for this healthy appetizer are wooden toothpicks.
As a side dish, brussels sprouts make a nice change from broccoli. Both are members of the cruciferous plant family, so they contain indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane, and antioxidants. In combination, these compounds are very likely highly cancer protective.
Ditch the crackers, breadcrumbs, and fried onions this year, and make veggies the star of your holiday casseroles. A delicious, super-nutritious base: brussels sprouts. They're in season through January, and like their cruciferous cousins kale and broccoli, they're loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and disease-fighting antioxidants. The butter, cream, and cheese in this gluten-free recipe from make the rich dish the perfect partner for lighter proteins—like turkey!
You may have heard of cauliflower buffalo "wings," but brussels sprouts are a tasty veggie that can serve up a nutritional upgrade to deep-fried poultry! The nutrient-dense green veggie—loaded with vitamins C and K—gets tossed with fresh garlic and hot sauce for a spicy snack or side that won't derail your diet.