Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

by | Nov 10, 2015 | Recipes, Sides and Salads | 0 comments

Editors note: Cruciferous vegetables are often hated, but have some incredible health benefits. The key is to find a way to cook them so that you enjoy eating them and benefit from their unique health benefits as well. 

Cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Try to include a generous serving of these vegetables in your meals, 2-3 times a week, to get the most out of their healthy nutrients.

We are constantly exposed to synthetic estrogen-like chemicals (Xenoestrogens) in our environment. These xenoestrogens are actually hormone-disrupting agents in our bodies, and can have a very negative effect on men and women. These estrogenic chemicals stimulate your body to store belly fat, lower testosterone production, and encourage cancer growth.

Cruciferous vegetables contain unique nutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight belly fat, and block the effects of these estrogenic compounds. So you get healthier and burn fat when you eat these veggies!

In addition, there are 10-15 compounds in these leafy greens contain that have been proven effective against many cancers. 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Even if you are an avowed brussels sprouts hater, I am certain you will change your mind once you try this recipe. These carmelly sweet, roasted brussels sprouts with olive oil and bacon will transform anyone into a brussels sprouts lover!

Brussels sprouts are members of the auspicious cruciferous vegetable family and have all the amazing fat burning, cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory, healthy benefits that broccoli, cauliflower, kale, arugula and cabbage contain.

Brussels sprouts’ health benefits have been well-studied, and many of the studies have to do with the benefits of this vegetable and its powerful cancer-fighting abilities.

Brussels sprouts provide vital nutrients for the three systems that are have to do with our body’s ability to fight cancer. A healthy diet that includes brussels sprouts arms your body to effectively fight:  bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.

Brussels sprouts actually contain health omega 3 fatty acids that help fight inflammation as well.

About a cup and a half of Brussels sprouts provide about 430 milligrams of plant based omega 3 fatty acid (ALA). And, brussels sprouts supply an ample amount of antioxidants, including the vitamins K, C, E, and A, manganese, quercetin, kaempferol, and more.

The amazing amount of Vitamin K in brussels sprouts actually fights chronic inflammation.

This nutrient helps to regulate our inflammatory response, including chronic inflammation that increases the risk of certain cancers.

Brussels sprouts’ anti-inflammatory benefits help to fight:

Obesity, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.

Ingredients
20-25 small brussels sprouts
4 slices thick-cut (nitrite free) natural bacon, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Sea salt and pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°.
Wash and dry the Brussels sprouts. Trim off the ends of the sprouts, remove the outer leaves, and cut lengthwise in half.
Slice the bacon into small strips and cook until just crispy. Remove bacon from the pan.
Add olive oil, melted butter, brussels sprouts, bacon, salt, and pepper to bowl and stir to mix well. Spread Brussels sprouts on a large, flat baking sheet or pan. Roast for 20  minutes, or until the sprouts are just fork-tender. Do not overcook!

Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Enjoy!

Till next time, stay healthy and lean!

About Catherine Ebeling: I am Catherine (Cat) Ebeling. I am an RN with a Masters of Science in Nursing and Public Health. I have been studying diet, fitness and health for the past 30+ years–in addition to my clinical nursing experience, which includes anti-aging, preventative, regenerative medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy. I have had a life-long fascination with diet, fitness and nutrition, and have learned how to biohack my genetic capacity. I realized that we, as humans, have the ultimate power over our bodies and our health. Wanting to learn even more about human biology, nutrition, health and disease, I went back to school to study for a BSN in nursing. I just recently completed my MSN (at age 60). I’ve written six books on diet and health that have sold thousands–and even hundreds of thousands of copies all over the world through “The Nutrition Watchdog” publishing. I am an expert on diet and health and want to share that knowledge with you. I can be reached at caebeling@gmail.com or 314-369-6400 or on FB Instant Messenger.

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