This is a broccoli recipe even non-broccoli fans will love!
1 head of broccoli or cauliflower cut into florets
1/2 fresh lemon squeezed or 2 T. lemon juice
1-2 garlic cloves minced or 1 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Optional: You can double the lemon and garlic for more intense flavor or add additional lemon juice after baking to add additional flavor zing.
Combine all ingredients into a gallon size baggie, seal and toss until all of the broccoli or cauliflower is lightly coated. Pour contents into a baking dish or lined cookie sheet. (A cookie sheet will hold 2 heads of broccoli and/or cauliflower.)
Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 – 25 minutes or until tender.
The broccoli will become softer the longer it is left in the oven.
Serve hot or store in a glass container in the fridge for later use.
The lemon garlic broccoli and cauliflower will store for about a week in the fridge and reheats nicely in the microwave.
The health benefits of this simple recipe are amazing!
Broccoli and Cauliflower are part of the cruciferous family of vegetables that help balance estrogen levels.
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lemon, and Garlic help the liver detoxify chemicals, drugs, and pollutants.
Broccoli, Garlic, Lemon, and Olive Oil are all powerful antioxidants that destroy harmful free radicals which are byproducts of detoxification, disease, and pollution.
Garlic and Lemon both boost the immune system and are natural anti-fungal, antibiotic, and anticancer remedies.
Garlic and Olive Oil reduce inflammation and protect against cardiovascular disease.
Enjoy this tasty and good for you recipe!
Lemon Garlic Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipe by Carolyn Almendarez
Carolyn Flynn Almendarez holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with additional studies in Nutrition and Holistic Health. She provides a unique blend of mind-body solutions to create health, happiness, and loving relationships. She is a strategist, problem-solver, and intuitive guide. She believes every woman deserves to feel beautiful, serene, and happy. She is committed to helping women create lives they love. She is the author of SMART Talk, Heal Your Grief, and Holiday Peace and Joy.
Achieve your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight this year by following these simple guidelines for slimming down.
- At home keep carbohydrate portions to the size of your fist, and protein to the size of your hand laid out flat. This is an easy way to determine how much you should eat for your body size without having to measure, weigh, or count calories.
- At restaurants put half of your ordered food in a to go container. Restaurants serve generous portions which look great on your plate, but not on your waist. Ask for a to go container when you order your food and divide it before you start eating. If it’s not on your plate you’re less likely to eat it. Take it home to enjoy at a later time or day.
- Watch out for grazing! “Grazing” is what cattle do, they graze on grass all day long munching away to get big and strong. But they don’t graze and eat three big meals during the day. Subsequently grazing plus eating meals will easily pack on unwanted pounds. Grazing, or eating small amounts throughout the day is okay if you don’t eat regular meals too. Just be sure you are grazing on healthy foods like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. A grazing diet of popcorn, fast food, and candy will not give your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
- Portion control is a great way to reduce the calories that will end up as fat on your body.
Avoid Starvation and Plateauing
- Eat balanced meals with fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, dairy, and healthy fats. Green vegetables such as Romaine lettuce and spinach are a great way to fill you up while getting lots of healthy nutrients your body needs.
- Have variety in your food choices. A variety of foods and colors will insure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. It will also help you from feeling bored, or feeling like you are ‘denying yourself’ while working on consuming smaller amounts of food.
- Have variety in the amount of calories you consume each day to prevent getting stuck in a weight rut. A good weekly system is to eat a set amount of calories for five days, then eat a little bit more one day, and eat a little bit less another day. This will keep your brain guessing and working to help you come to your ideal body weight, while reducing the risk of putting your body in starvation mode or stuck in a plateau weight.
Move Your Body
- Exercise is of course an important part of losing weight and staying fit. As you move you burn off excess fat and help your body clear out unneeded waste.
- Stand. We spend most of our time sitting at work and sitting in front of the TV or computer. Standing stretches out your body and strengthens your legs and buttock. Stand for 30 to 60 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised at your new firm behind.
- Move every hour. Every hour move a little. Shake your hands, stretch your legs, go for a short walk. Change up your routine with a little movement every hour and you’ll see your body slim and your mind become more alert.
This year give yourself the gift of a healthy new body.
By Carolyn Flynn LPC
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Carolyn Flynn, LPC holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with additional studies in Nutrition and Holistic Health. She provides a unique blend of mind-body solutions to create health, happiness, and loving relationships. She is a strategist, problem-solver, and intuitive guide. She believes every woman deserves to feel beautiful, serene, and happy. She is committed to helping women create lives they love. She is the author of SMART Talk, Heal Your Grief, and Holiday Peace and Joy.