Trees, this is what my youngest calls broccoli when we have this dish, followed by “why are we eating trees?” Well, they may look like trees but they are far more tasty and super duper nutritious!
Broccoli contains a pigment called chlorophyll that not only gives green fruits and vegetables their gorgeous hue, but also has some amazing potential benefits! Studies have shown a diet rich in foods that contain chlorophyll may support healthy skin and blood building properties .
Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and arugula that has been shown to have many health benefits. Studies have shown that this powerful compound is stored in cruciferous vegetables in an inactive form known as glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin is then activated by chopping, cutting, or chewing the food releasing an enzyme, myrosinase, to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to support health and wellness .
What is the difference? Bacon that has been cured has been treated with salt, spices and potassium nitrate and sodium nitrite that work to season and preserve the bacon as well as help it to maintain its pink color. Uncured bacon is preserved with salt, spices and celery powder or juice (a natural source of sodium nitrite) to preserve and season the bacon. Although both contain nitrites, I personally would rather source mine from a natural source, like celery.
Another additive that consumers should be wary of is the sugar that is added to the bacon. Unless a bacon is specifically labeled as “Paleo/Whole30” chances are it contains some form of refined sugar such as cane sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Read your labels and always be mindful of what is being added to your food. I personally love to shop at my local CoOp that sources it’s pork from a local farm that humanely raises their pigs and makes all natural bacon with salt, celery juice and honey.
4 cups Broccoli Florets finely chopped
1/2 Red Onion finely diced
1 Carrot shredded
1/2 cup Organic Raisins*
3/4 cup No Sugar Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 oz No Sugar Bacon diced
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds/Pepitas
1 tsp Real Fine Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Poppyseeds opt
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