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‘Tis the season for broccoli! Ok, it may not sound as appealing as sugar cookies, but it’s not really fair that broccoli has a bad rap. Years of being forced by your grandma to eat limp, stinky, badly prepared broccoli may have scared you, but it turns out that you can probably get over it when you learn how to make it taste good and all the incredible health benefits it has.

Here are just a few of the many health benefits of broccoli:

~Anti-inflamatory from rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol.

~Aids digestion with the large amount of fiber.

~Detoxification properties with the strong combination of vitamin A in the form of a beta-carotene, and vitamin K.

~Regulates blood pressure

Here is a recipe for broccoli soup which is a delicious way to get broccoli into your diet. Keep in mind this recipe is part of a balanced meal; you still need a carb and a protein. Try eating this with chicken and roasted carrots; brown rice and salmon, or simply top with mozzarella cheese!

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

8 cups broccoli florets

6 cups vegetable stock

3 tablespoons, olive oil

salt, pepper, thyme

optional: greek yogurt, green onion, truffle oil

1. Saute onion, garlic, and celery in a large pot over medium high heat until soft. Sprinkle with salt pepper and thyme.

2. Add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Add broccoli. Bring the liquid to a soft rolling boil. Cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes.

3. In baches, add soup to a blender and puree until smooth.

4. Garnish with green onion, greek yogurt and/or truffle oil.

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