Nov 2, 2012

Healthy Creamy Broccoli Soup


Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and is a member of the cabbage family, along with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and turnip greens. Like cabbage and all other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is low in calories, high in calcium and is said to be a potential anti-cancer agent, according to "The Observer." Yet out of all these cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is said to be the healthiest member of the cabbage family by far. It would make sense then that the broccoli soup diet could be healthier and possibly even more likely to help you lose weight than the trendy cabbage soup diet.
Significance
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C and speeds metabolism and helps promote weight loss. "Time" magazine has named broccoli one of the top 10 foods that "pack a wallop for health," and it is not surprising given all the beneficial qualities it boasts. Besides vitamin C, broccoli also contains vitamins E and B6, as well as the cancer-fighting agent known as sulphoraphane. It is also one of the best sources of calcium, which plays a big role in weight loss. Broccoli is also rich in anti-oxidants and contains glutathione, which is known to enhance the immune system.
Good Source of Fiber
Broccoli is also a good source of fiber, which prevents constipation and other bowel conditions. Eating fiber is known as a good weight-loss tactic, as foods high in fiber take longer to digest, leaving you feeling full for a longer period of time. Adding 10 g of soluble fiber is just as effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels as lowering your fat intake, which means that fiber has been shown to be very effective in lowering weight.
Function
Soup is known to be an appetite suppressant because the combination of liquids and solids found in soups is said to decrease hunger. A soup diet is also known to help you lose weight because it dilutes calories. A broccoli soup diet would have all the ingredients to help you lose weight as well as keep your immune system healthy.
INGREDIENTS (serves 6)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
50 grams yellow/white onion, chopped
½ Kg fresh broccoli florets, roughly small chopped
A pinch of salt
A pinch of black pepper
1 Liter of whole milk     
DIRECTIONS
  • Sauté onions in butter, stirring occasionally in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are cooked and tender.
  • Whisk in flour until well blended. You can use fork also to whisk so that no lumps remain.
  • Add milk and stir on medium heat 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Mixture should start to thicken.
  • Add broccoli and simmer until tender. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve as it is or blend with a hand mixer for a smoother consistency.
  • Heat again before serving as blending cools it slightly. You can also serve with croutons to give it a Greek salad feel, or with garlic bread to make it a complete wholesome meal.

1 Comments:

  1. Very informative post about Broccoli and the soup looks super delicious. First time here, and love your work.

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