Broccolini, the cousin of broccoli, is the perfect vegetable. Not only is it a milder flavor than traditional broccoli, but it provides more health benefits, too! This hearty green veggie contains all these wonderful vitamins and minerals that promote oral and overall health:
- Vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, B6, E, K and PP
- Fatty acids
- Potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, manganese and copper
That’s a lot of nutrients! So, how exactly do they support oral health?
Broccolini is packed with vitamins C and E. Vitamin C helps support collagen, a protein found in our gum tissue. A deficiency in vitamin C can directly affect the mouth and lead to inflamed or bleeding gums. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties. It has been effectively used to treat severe periodontal disease.
Calcium is critical to our teeth and bone health. Phosphorous and calcium go hand-in-hand. They both support strong teeth and bones. Potassium also supports dental health. Studies show that low potassium intake is linked with periodontal inflammation and high blood pressure.
Have we convinced you yet? Because broccolini is one of our favorites. This savory recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make. Try out a few seasonings of your own and let us know how you liked it!
Serving size: 2-3
- Bunch of broccolini (about 7 stems per person)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt, pepper and lemon to taste
- Fill a large pot with water and place on high heat to boil.
2. Wash the broccolini and cut off the stems.
3. Once the water is boiling, add the broccolini for two minutes. Quickly blanch the vegetables and remove them while they are still crisp. This process helps them retain their nutrients.
4. Place a strainer in the sink. After boiling the broccolini for 2 minutes, remove from stove and pour into the strainer in the sink. Rinse with cold water or add to ice water to stop the cooking process.
5. Chop 1 clove of garlic. Combine with veggie, salt, pepper, and olive oil in the same pot.
6. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the broccolini appears saturated with water, turn the heat up slightly for a browning effect.
7. Plate and enjoy!
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