B is for Broccoli and Berries

Many people think that a low carb diet does not include healthy vegetables and fruits. That just isn't so. Two things that I can't live without on my low carb plan are broccoli and berries.

Broccoli is a mainstay at our house. In fact, we probably eat it at least three to four times per week. It seems to be one of our vegetables of choice. My family prefers cooked broccoli, so we keep frozen packages of the chopped broccoli in the freezer at all times. Sure, it's great to get it in a fresh bunch from the local vegetable market or to have it right out of the garden, but that isn't always possible in my neck of the woods. As a cruciferous vegetable, broccoli has anti-inflammatory properties, lots of vitamin C for antioxident action, and aids in digestion. It has been recognized for its cancer-reducing properties. There have been a few studies suggesting that since broccoli is a good source of vitamins A and K, that it may also help keep vitamin D levels in balance. A 1 cup serving of broccoli contains about 8 carbs.

It has been suggested that low-glycemic berries are among the superior fruits when it comes to the antioxident properties of phytonutrients or phenols. I enjoy blueberries when I can, but eat strawberries more often. When I am in the very active stages of weight loss, I have to limit my fruits so that my blood sugar stays level. It would be very easy for me to eat many servings per day otherwise. I can have about 5 medium-to-large strawberries or about 1/2 cup for about 5 carbs. A 1 cup serving of blueberries contains about 21 carbs. 1/2 cup raspberries=7 carbs.

Other "b" foods that I enjoy are real butter (no more margarine for me) and bacon. Yes, bacon! There was a time when bacon was banned from my house. Seriously, not a slice of bacon was eaten for 10 years. I was still obese even when I avoided it. My cholesterol numbers are normal while I'm eating it. No, I don't worry about bacon clogging my arteries in any way. This blog post could get really long if I even decide to "go there" with my about-face on nutrition.

I want to mention a blog of one of my favorite nutritionists Dr. Jonny Bowden. Check out his site for information and supplements, and his books for ideas on incorporating beautiful and nutritious foods into your meals.

Have a beautiful weekend!


  1. Two of my favorites are butter and bacon, too. In fact, I even think bacon ice cream would be good!

  2. I do love brocoli, but did not start liking it till I was an adult. Always loved berries though!

  3. I don't care for frozen broccoli, but always have a bunch or two of fresh in the fridge. I'll steam lightly in the microwave after misting with water, or toss a few pieces in with chicken in the skillet. I'll also eat it raw with just a bit of salad dressing.

  4. nice blog! Broccoli, berries yum, bacon - not a fan...although your comments are interesting. "go there" sometime. :)