01 March, 2019

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Mental Health Benefits

Broccoli is a green vegetable that vaguely resembles a miniature tree. It belongs to the plant species known as Brassica oleracea. It’s closely related to cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower — all edible plants collectively referred to as cruciferous vegetables.

One cup of raw broccoli contains 116% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin mostly known for its role in helping blood to clot. Recently, it has been identified as being a key anti-aging vitamin helping to keep certain kinds of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis at bay.

There is also some evidence that in addition to these anti-aging health benefits, vitamin K can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. One of the major functions of vitamin K is to regulate calcium in bones and in the brain.

A study from the University of North Carolina, suggests that those with low levels of vitamin K have dysregulated calcium in their brains that causes some of the damage done to the brain in Alzheimer’s. Another study showed the importance of vitamin K in brain health by assessing the dietary intakes of patients with early stage Alzheimer’s. They found that the diagnosed patients consumed considerably less vitamin K than the control group.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

½ Cup                    Margarine

1 each                   Chopped onion

1 – 16oz                Package frozen chopped broccoli

                             Chicken broth to cover

1 lb.                       Cheese (cubed or shredded)

2 Cups                  Milk

1 Tbsp.                 Garlic powder

2/3 Cup                Cornstarch

1 Cup                    Water

  1. In a stockpot, melt margarine over medium heat. Cook onion in margarine until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.