You ate, drank, and were merry – but now it’s time to wake up and start on a health kick. It’s time for a detox, a word that sounds scary to most of us as it makes us think of dieting, consuming copious amounts of water and spending day after day endlessly eating boring salads.
If you’re looking for ideas to make this time of the year more enjoyable, flower sprout, a natural vegetable rich in antioxidants, might be a good way to add a new flavour to your dishes while successfully cleaning your body – or at least give it a go.
As Maria Dow, a UK registered dietician with 20 years of experience in the NHS and academic sectors and a writer at Dows Diet, explains: ‘Flower sprout belongs to the class of vegetables called brassicas which are very beneficial for the heart, bowels and immune system.
‘Brassicas are ideal for cleansing the liver, the primary detox organ in your body, as they stimulate the detox enzymes, and also boost the immune system. Definitely an added bonus at this time of year.’
So what are these vegetables with such detox superpowers?
Maria Dow continues: ‘These are the veggies our mothers made us eat. It turns out our mothers were not wrong when they told us about the importance of eating them.’
Kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and now also flower sprouts, a natural hybrid between kale and brussel sprouts which, according to its creators, British seed house Tozer Seeds: ‘Is a very versatile brassica that can be prepared in a variety of ways and always presents a characteristic flavour that combines the complex flavour of sprouts with the mild, sweet ‘nutty’ taste of kale, making it very enjoyable to the palate.’
Tips to on using brassicas:
Incorporate brassicas in your everyday diet for a detox routine.
These vegetables are very versatile so experiment with all of them and their different preparation methods such as microwaved, stir-fried, boiled, blanched or even raw. You don’t need to get bored!
Drink a smoothie packed with flower sprouts the morning after having too much to eat or drink, as it supports the same enzyme system that alcohol depletes.
CREDIT: Flower sprouts and Maria Dow