Skin-Saving Snacks: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I’ve been seeing roasted brussels sprouts on so many different restaurant menus. From high-end Japanese restaurants to southern diners, I’ve seen all sorts of variations. The one common theme: each and every dish has been absolutely delicious.
Roasting brussels sprouts brings out a touch of sweetness that mellows down their natural bitter flavor. This is wonderful for us, because brussels sprouts are known to be a rich source of phytonutrients.
In one study, volunteers who ate brussels sprouts daily experienced less oxidation, which is a major contributor to DNA damage. Brussels sprouts are also a rich source of compounds called glucosinolates, which are also known as “detox“ compounds.
In addition, brussels sprouts provide a wonderful source of fiber to promote the growth of the good gut microbes that help our health and our skin in multiple ways.
1 lb brussels sprouts
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F
2. Slice individual sprouts in half. It's best to slice through the base, so that the base can keep the layers of the sprouts intact
3. Mix sprouts and flavorings together in a mixing bowl
4. Spread on roasting pan. For easier clean-up, you can line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
Dr. Rajani Katta is the author of Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet. To receive future updates on preventive dermatology and the role of diet, sign up here.