Tired of Beef & Broccoli? Try Bok Choy Instead.


Uncooked Bok Choy and Steak

Brassica is a large family of vegetables and greens that we used to call the mustard family. It is full of a variety of vegetables that most of us eat a lot — broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale — to name but a few. In this healthy eating and weight loss blog, we discuss one of the lesser known members of the brassica family — bok choy.

Packed Full of Goodness

Bok choy also goes by the name of leafy green Chinese cabbage, and it is available in most grocery stores. This is a nutrient packed vegetable that offers good carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, and even a trace amount of good fats. Regarding vitamins and minerals, bok choy is rich in Folates, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K along with thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin. In terms of calories, bok choy has about 32 calories per 1 cup of vegetable making this one of the lowest calorie veggies around.

Making it Work for You

Since Brassica vegetables are so good for you, you may eat them a lot. A good tip is not to burn yourself out on broccoli but instead to explore the other wonderful vegetables in this large family of greens — chiefly bok choy. You can use bok choy in place of broccoli in meals like broccoli beef, as your new favorite steamed side, or in salads. If you want to get tricky, try wrapping and stuffing the leaves and then steaming them to make low-carb alternatives to ravioli.

If you want to learn more tips and tricks about how to substitute healthy food choices without sacrificing taste, then explore the Metabolic Research Center where eating healthy is not just a way of life, but also, a way to explore the best food has to offer.

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