If you’re anything like me, you either aren’t currently, or in the past haven’t been, a broccoli fan. When I decided to become vegan, broccoli and I had a bit of a throw down. Fortunately, broccoli won out =) I actually quite like it now, but still not a huge fan of it plain and raw.
When I first started eating it regularly, I’d bring it as a snack with cauliflower (which I actually enjoy plain and raw) and dip them in hummus. I gradually decreased the amount of hummus until I was eating the veggies plain. But I always have preferred them slightly steamed on their own, or sautéed in a stirfry. Then, after I started being more interested in eating well for someone with a hormonal imbalance, I realised I shouldn’t be eating raw broccoli anyway. Raw broccoli is part of the brassica family (along with kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower) which is known to decrease thyroid function as they have goitrogenic properties. Now goitrogen foods can block iodine uptake to the thyroid, which is needed to help make the thyroid hormone. Once in awhile is ok, but too much can lead to hypothyroid symptoms. A way to avoid this is ensuring proper iodine and to lightly cook the vegetables. Keep in mind this is for people who already have thyroid issues.
Although I prefer eating my veggies raw for the most part, sometimes it’s healthier for me to lightly cook them. I try coming up with different ways of doing this to get more variety.
1 head of broccoli, washed & cut into bite size pieces
the juice of half a lemon
1 tsp of dulse flakes
Steam the broccoli for 3-5 minutes depending on how much you like it cooked (I prefer mine very lightly cooked and still crunchy with that bright green colour, so I stick to about 3 minutes). I actually don’t have a steamer so I have rigged this super fancy contraption of a pot filled with a couple of inches of water and use a metal colander on top to let the steam in.
Put the broccoli in a bowl and squeeze half of your lemon over it and stir it up. Now sprinkle the teaspoon of dulse flakes on. Dulse is very high in iodine, which great for thyroid health.
This is a great quick and easy snack!
Have a super fantastic weekend =)