Prebiotics: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are such an awesome vegetable! If you don't already love them, you should definitely try to. Brussels sprouts are quite high in protein for a vegetable, just one cup has three grams of protein. Plant sourced proteins are the best because they leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated. These little veggies pack a wholesome, nutritious punch and they basically have no calories. They are a perfect prebiotic food! 

Brussels sprouts are a very underrated members of the cruciferous vegetable family that includes popular powerhouse veggies like kale and  broccoli. They're full of Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C and phytonutrients. A one cup serving provides 124% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Brussel sprouts provide vitamins and minerals necessary for probiotic gut microbes to thrive, as well as vitamins and minerals necessary to maintaining healthy skin and a healthy skin microbiome. If you for some reason have negative feelings towards Brussels sprouts, give them a second chance using this recipe, we are sure you (and your microbiome) will love them afterwards! 

 
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Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Brussels sprouts cut into halves 
  • 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees..
  2. In a large bowl whisk the Roasted Garlic Avocado oil, the balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and Himalayan salt together.
  3. Add the halved Brussels sprouts to the bowl and toss in the mixture
  4. Drizzle some avocado oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread the Brussel sprouts mixture onto the baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the sprouts and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sprouts begin to brown.
  6. Enjoy as a side or all on their own!