Roast Brussel Sprouts with Coconut Oil to Create a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Snack
By Ricky Elmer
Brussel sprouts are an amazing cruciferous vegetable that you should know about if you don’t already. They hold many health benefits from antioxidant properties to cancer prevention and they also taste great!
Health Benefits of Brussel Sprouts:
- Antioxidant Support – They contain many vitamin antioxidants such as vitamins A and C (beta-carotene), flavonoid antioxidants like quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. As a group, these antioxidants provide help for the body’s cells that are at risk of oxidative damage, usually from overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules.
- Cardiovascular Support – A variety of cardiovascular problems (such as ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis and heart attack) have been looked at by researchers and evidence was found that supports the ability of cruciferous vegetables to lower the risk of these cardiovascular problems.
- Anti-inflammatory Support – They can aid you in avoiding excessive, chronic inflammation by supplying a variety of nutrient benefits. One such nutrient is glucosinolate. These nutrients help regulate your body’s anti-inflammatory/inflammatory system and stem inflammation.
- Digestive Support – For every cup of brussel sprouts there is about 4 grams of fiber. This makes them a great choice for digestive system support. They also make sulforaphane, which aids in protecting your stomach lining by blocking bacterial overgrowth.
Now that you know more on these amazing little vegetables, here is a recipe that will allow you to prepare and enjoy this delicious, healthy little plant.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
There you have it! An easy way to cook brussel sprouts so that you can enjoy not only their taste, but their amazing health benefits as well. There are plenty more recipes that contain these vegetables too, so if this one isn’t to your liking, there are recipes that I’m sure will taste great to you. Let us know what you find!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and yellow leaves removed
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted grass fed butter or ghee
- Turn your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large resealable plastic bag, place all of your ingredients inside and seal the bag, then shake well to coat the brussel sprouts. Pour the contents out onto a baking sheet and insert them into the oven.
- Cook for 30-45 minutes, while shaking the pan every 5-7 minutes (this is for browning). If they start to burn, reduce the heat. The brussel sprouts will come out dark brown, almost black, when they are fully cooked. Serve as soon as you pull them out of the oven. You can add more pepper or salt if needed for seasoning.
Rick Elmer is a freelance writer from Texas who enjoys learning about health and nutrition while striving to make the world a better place. He is passionate about music, meditation, art, traveling the world and helping those around him.
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