5 Healthy & Tasty Spring Salads

With Spring finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about all the great fresh produce that will soon be available in the supermarket and at your local farmers markets.  We thought that this would be a great time to share some of our favorite healthy and delicious spring time salads.

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22 recipes for broccoli for superfood meals – treehugger.com

Broccoli, everyone’s favorite miniature trees, is a serious superfood. If you haven’t yet discovered the deliciousness that is broccoli, or are looking for more ways to incorporate this healthy veggie into more dishes, here is your inspiration!

 Broccoli isn’t called a superfood for nothing. This amazing vegetable is full of vitamin C and vitamin A, (two big sources of antioxidants that fight heart disease, cataracts and cancers), calcium (which helps with high blood pressure), folic acid, and both soluble and insoluble fiber

For the complete article and recipes please click here to go to treehugger.com

Glucoraphanin from broccoli is similar to DHA: We’re educating the market that not all broccoli extracts are equal, says BPP By Stephen DANIELLS, 30-Jul-2013

Building consumer and market understanding of the benefits of glucoraphanin from broccoli is a lot like the DHA story, says leading broccoli extract supplier Brassica Protection Products (BPP), as it takes the ‘important step’ of self-affirming the GRAS status of its SGS ingredient.  

From NutraIngredients-usa.com-by Stephen Daniells-July 30 2013.  Click here to read the full article.

The Healing Power of Tea – Book features Brassica Tea!

Author Caroline Dow has a book out about Tea.  Here is an excerpt from her blog post about Brassica Tea.  Click here to read the entire blog post.

Brassica: The Planet’s Healthiest Tea

When researching my new book, THE HEALING POWER OF TEA,  I was surprised to find that not many people have heard of Brassica Tea and its health benefits. I wonder whether this is so because I live in Colorado and my state was chosen as the first test market for this tea.

Another possibility is that Brassica contains a component found in broccoli. Yes, that much maligned cruciferous vegetable, with what former President George W. Bush described as “a strong flavor.”Brassica oleracea italica is the Latin name for broccoli, but very little of the flavor, if any, makes it into Brassica tea.

More than a decade ago, scientists from JohnsHopkinsUniversity isolated the antioxidant in broccoli that battles free radicals and keeps them from destroying cells in the body, which can open the door to cancer and other chronic conditions. They called their find sulforaphane or SGS for short. Researchers were able to extract SGS from broccoli and add it to tea. Although any kind of tea can be infused with SGS, it seems to harmonize best with the vegetal flavors of various green teas.

Just one cup of Brassica tea will deliver to your body the equivalent of three ounces of fresh broccoli. You  bypass the distinctive broccoli taste and get an added nutritional boost courtesy of green tea’s catechins. This is why some enthusiasts believe that Brassica tea may be the healthiest tea on the planet.