Food Fact of the Day: Broccoli


October is the last month that you will find broccoli in season in Ontario, therefore, I wanted to give you a reason why to grab it local while you still can!

Broccoli is a great source of: 

  • Folate: cannot be made in the body, helps make red blood cells
  • Vitamin C: needed for growth and repair of skin, teeth, bones, and other tissues
  • Vitamin K: helps heal wounds, maintain blood vessels, and keep your bones healthy
  • Provides a source of fibre: maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Potassium: needed by your bones, kidneys, nerves, and muscle for proper function
  • Vitamin A: maintains normal vision, keeps immune system, skin, and eyes healthy

Ideas to incorporate more broccoli in your diet: 

Cold Quinoa and Beet Salad


1 Box Whole grain Quinoa
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 large cucumber, skinned and chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup edamame, frozen
1/2 cup beets, pickled, chopped
1/4 cup chickpeas, drained & washed
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp natural honey
1 tsp of lemon juice

1. Cook quinoa. Allow to cool. Put into bowl.
2. Add in all other salad ingredients and mix.
3. In a separate small bowl, make dressing.
4. Add the dressing to the salad to taste. I always have left over dressing. This recipe only required a little bit of dressing. It had a great natural flavour.
5. Store in the refrigerator until edamame is thawed and to allow flavours to blend.
5. ….and Enjoy!