If you haven’t realized by now, we’re health obsessed here at Vitalized Future.
We don’t settle for average when it comes to health advice, and neither do you since you’re reading this article.
This means we’re always looking for an edge when it comes to healthy eating.
In the world of healthy eating, an obvious edge would be to buy Organic food instead of regular ol’ food.
Studies show Organic food contains higher levels of certain nutrients and lower levels of pesticides than regular ol’ food.
But there’s a kicker… Organic food costs $$$.
It wouldn’t be right to suggest you have to spend big dough to live the Vitalized Future lifestyle.
In fact our favorite healthy eating edge is usually free:
Use a cooking method which maximizes nutrients.
Hence I’m publishing this article today because of how damn right effective this method of cooking Brocolli is.
It would be very selfish of me to keep this method to myself.
So without further ado, let’s dive straight in…
Why steaming is the best way to cook Brocolli
Steaming is the best way to preserve and enhance the nutrition in fresh Brocolli.
Many studies have shown this to be true.
Allow me to put on my white lab coat and provide a very simplified reasoning:
Many of the vitamins in Brocolli, such as Vitamin C are water-soluble meaning they can be dissolved in water.
When Brocolli is boiled, the nutrients “leak” out the vegetable and are displaced in the pan water.
(Have you ever wondered why the pan water changes color when it’s boiling Brocolli? Well this is why.)
And let’s be honest… These nutrients are what make Brocolli worth eating in the first place.
(No one eats Brocolli for its taste, right?)
However when Brocolli is steamed, there’s literally nowhere the nutrients can leak into, so they’re retained within the vegetable.
Steamed Brocolli 1 – Boiled Brocolli 0
Now let’s consider whether steaming Brocolli is practical.
Steamed Brocolli takes much less time to cook than boiled Brocolli.
Rather than monitoring a pan of boiling water for 12 minutes, a few minutes in the microwave and your Brocolli is good to go.
Steamed Brocolli 2 – Boiled Brocolli 0
And last but not least, the texture of steamed Brocolli compared to boiled is much, much better.
For me, it’s really hard to find the “sweet spot” with boiled Brocolli.
It always seems to end up either too hard and somewhat crunchy, or too soggy and mushy.
Whereas steamed Brocolli always seems to be a consistent texture no matter what.
Steamed Brocolli 3 – Boiled Brocolli 0
Ok so by now, you’re hopefully a steamed Brocolli convert.
Welcome to the club.
We’re now going to dive into the Vitalized Future way of steaming Brocolli.
How to steam Brocolli in the microwave
First, cut your Brocolli head into roughly equal sized slices.
This is important as it ensures the texture of the Brocolli pieces is consistent.
Then, put your sliced Brocolli pieces into a microwaveable dish with a tablespoon of filtered water.
Now that your Brocolli is prepared, put the dish in the microwave on a high power for 3 minutes.
You now have healthy, steamed, nutrient-dense Brocolli.
We really hope you enjoyed today’s article.
By the way please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Do you have another method of steaming Brocolli?
We’d be excited to hear!
PS: To make your steamed Brocolli taste less bland, we highly advise seasoning with a sprinkle of Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt.
PubMed (Organic vs Non-Organic food) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20359265
ACS Publications (Effects of different cooking methods on nutritional characteristics of selected vegetables) https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jf072304b