Some News About Brussels Sprouts – Yes, really, Brussels Sprouts
+consider them as an healthy alternative for a Thanksgiving side dish
As a health coach, I’m a bit of a nutrition nerd. I love experimenting with food…even with foods you might not necessarily think of experimenting with. Yesterday, that food was Brussels Sprouts (we’ll call them “BS” from here forward) and I had an entire bowl of them for dinner. I’ve loved these little pieces of BS for many years now. I’ve even convinced friends and former BS-skeptics to start eating them! I’ve baked ‘em, sautéed ‘em, nuked ‘em, and more, but last night I tried something new with these green goodies: hemp oil and thyme.
Normally, I cook my BS with olive oil, garlic, and salt. As part of my nutrition nerdom, though, I’ve gotten really into trying new oils lately. Don’t get me wrong, olive oil is great, but have you tried coconut oil, sesame oil, flaxseed oil, or hemp oil? In addition to its own flavor, each oil has a distinct assortment of healthy fatty acids, micronutrients, and bio benefits so I recommend mixing it up from time to time. In particular, hemp oil has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids (muy importante in promoting heart health), typically produces smoother hair and stronger nails and softer skin in those who consume it, is a great source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), rich in amino acids and vitamin C, and has anti-inflammatory properties that other oils lack.
Anyway, here’s a simple little recipe I modified, and I think you should try it (perhaps as a healthy, new alternative to some of your other Thanksgiving side dishes, hmmm??)
8oz fresh BS
1tbsp hemp oil
1/4 tsp fresh thyme, chopped fine…or, heck, use dried thyme from your spices if that’s all you’ve got
1tsp sugar….use unrefined sugar (if I catch you using the crack white version of sugar, you’ll be in big trouble)
1/4 tsp pepper
Sea salt to taste (please, no table salt; it’s as evil as its counterpart, white sugar)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. In a small mixing bowl add the sprouts, oil, thyme, sugar, and pepper. Toss. (that’s what she said?)
3. Remove from bowl and place on small roasting pan and roast for 25min or until golden brown. Depends on how crispy you likey your sprouts, though.
4. Remove from oven. Season with sea salt.
PS – BONUS! Don’t just eat the oil, slather it all over you! 🙂 Hemp seed oil is used in cosmetics which take care of skin lesions and blotches that may occur as a result of excessively dry skin. Since it won’t clog your pores like many other oils, you can safely use hemp seed oil to moisturize your skin. Hemp seed oil is also a natural sunblock.
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