What can I say about broccoli other than to say I love it! In fact the only healthy food in my diet over Christmas (unless a cheese board can be considered healthy?) was broccoli soup made in my brand new soup machine.
Broccoli growing up was never made in a healthy way and as a vegetarian my mother who was a big meat eater could only think of making me a broccoli with a cheese sauce as a main meal.
But when I left home and Dominic & I set up home and with us wanting to save money broccoli was often the cheapest vegetable in the supermarket. And he would often comment that we were having broccoli yet again!
And I would simply mention that I love it and that as it is a vegetable it has to be good for us – even though at the time I didn’t know about the health benefits.
And surprisingly, our teenage son loves it and eats the broccoli soup that I serve up so fast that blink and you’ll miss it!
I didn’t develop a real love for broccoli until I learnt to steam it and realised that steamed and not boiled it keeps its flavour and tastes amazing.
It does also work out at 31 calories a cup, so if you are counting calories as part of a balanced diet it’s a fantastic plate filler. Whenever I have made broccoli soup I have also found that the calories are extremely low for it. For example my soup came it at 39 calories per ladle serving so if you are on the 5:2 diet you could spend your fasting days just eating soup bowl, after soup bowl.
On another note whenever I read articles in the newspapers that state if you eat a certain food then your chances of getting a certain disease is reduced then broccoli is often top of the list.
Have a look at these amazing health benefits:
You can also read more about low calorie foods on our blog post that we wrote last year called our top 100 snacks under 50 calories – and you’ll be surprised when you see that we even have super tasty chocolate featured on this post!