So, you want to eat a whole food, plant-based diet but don’t know where to start? And hardest of all, you have concerns that joining this lifestyle will cause your grocery bill to skyrocket? If you are impacted by these thoughts, let me tell you there is a solution to eating a healthy, plant-based diet that will not break the bank. It is a misunderstanding that vegetarians and vegans spend extra money on the food they enjoy when compared to others. While it is certainly possible to rack up the food bill on any diet, with a little planning ahead and some simple considerations before you run out to the store, you will find you are spending a similar amount (if not less) than you did before.
Broccoli is an often ignored vegetable that is an excellent source of “whole” nutrients. Belonging to the cabbage family, its flowering head (also referred to as the florets or crown) is typically the part consumed as a part of our diet. While the crown is certainly tasty, did you know there is still a lot of benefit to be acquired by eating the rest of the broccoli plant? It’s possible you may not have even known that broccoli grows leaves, comparable to collard greens in many respects. The vegetables you buy at a local supermarket are generally stripped down to what is most easily sellable. With so many leafy greens already available (Romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, and spinach just to name a few obvious ones), one can assume that broccoli leaves are often left off the shelf because of what we expect from broccoli in the store: that being just a short stalk and the flowering head. Today, I would like to dispel the notion that the rest of the broccoli plant can’t be consumed, and highly advise that you look to include this in your diet, and growing broccoli in your garden if you have the chance too!