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Don't Microwave Your Broccoli

Friday, May 03, 2013

I loved cutting off florets of broccoli from the tree into a luncheon dish, adding butter and s&p, snapping the lid on, and taking it to work. Sooooooo easy to microwave. Fresh broccoli is so healthy and so Inexpensive to buy at ALDIs, unlike fresh green beans etc. And I know all the healthy properties of broccoli, a cruciferous veggie. For packing a lunch it is super easy, fast, and almost prep-less; love it. I felt better about eating spahghetti & sauce on one side of the divided microwave luncheon dish, when fresh green broccoli was on the other side.

I just learned microwaving broccoli destroys the sulforaphane in broccoli. Sigh.

I stay away from microwaving in general. No I don't heat water in it, either. When there's a choice, I don't use it. I make oatmeal from scratch on the stovetop, the old fashioned way, for example. The packets are NOT healthy, and, old-fashioned (not quick, not instant) oatmeal is lower glycemic than the other kinds. But for broccoli at work . . . yes I used the microwave. I cook from scratch for health reasons, and reheating at work in the microwave had been how I rolled. It's much healthier to pack your lunch (even if you have to use the microwave to reheat) than it is to buy packaged or instant convenience foods. At least, that's what I THOUGHT.

I'm going to start packing cold lunches that don't need to be reheated. emoticon I've got to readjust my idea of "what is healthy" for lunches.

Or invest in a few thermoses. Or something I can plug in at work. Take a steamer with me, maybe. A small one.

How do you pack healthy lunches to go?

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What Is Sulforaphane?
Sulforaphane is a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. It exhibits anti-cancer and antimicrobial properties in experimental models. It is obtained from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cabbages.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I eat raw broccoli every day for lunch in my salad.

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STARFISH1961 5/4/2013 3:37PM

    I steam mine , just till tender , I like it cold then also! emoticon

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STARFISH1961 5/4/2013 3:33PM

    I steam mine , just till tender , I like it cold then also! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/4/2013 11:14AM

    I use the microwave at work emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/3/2013 10:22PM

  thanks for the info

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GARDENCHRIS 5/3/2013 9:23PM

    any COOKING will diminish nutrients in food. you'd have to eat everything raw, not very appetizing, go ahead a cook.

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A_NEW_JAN 5/3/2013 7:04PM

    How about one of those plug-in tea kettles? They heat water to boiling, but I bet you could steam in one as well. Just boil a small amount of water & use a rack of some sort above it. Oh, wait...I guess that would just be a steamer! DUH!
I don't use microwaveable oatmeal either. It just doesn't taste right.

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MJ7DM33 5/3/2013 4:09PM

  Thx for sharing!

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DJ4HEALTH 5/3/2013 1:25PM

    There are countries that have banned microwaves because they studies what is does to the human body ( the NAZI's used it on the Jewish people during WW2) and that they concluded that it also does that to the food. It destroys any thing that is in it.

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ILLINITEACHER52 5/3/2013 12:46PM

  I like my broccoli steamed but have cooked it in the microwave at times. I guess that would apply to not microwaving brussel sprouts either. Thanks for the info.

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    Didn't read it, heard it from a source I very much trust which always has scientific data to back it up, as opposed to made-up "studies" which are bought and paid for by the bias of the sponsor.

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GERARLAUR 5/3/2013 12:21PM

    Do not believe everything you read. They have made so many changes in food preparations in the past years. If you enjoy it microwaved, go for it.

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