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Healthy Maple Molasses Glazed Brussels Sprouts For The Holiday Season

Balance Hormones

14 November 2019

When cooked right (i.e. roasted and caramelized, tender but crispy, like this dish) brussels sprouts are downright delicious.

And even the biggest of haters (hi dad) have had to change their opinions after trying this Healthy Maple Molasses Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe.

But besides this side dish being a serious Thanksgiving game changer, it also has some pretty surprising health and hormone-balancing benefits to boot.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

 

HORMONE BALANCING BENEFITS OF BRUSSELS SPROUTS 

+ Rich in folic acid, a vitamin essential for boosting fertility in both men and women by helping to increase sperm levels and line the womb with nutrients to boost sperm survival chances

+ Member of the cruciferous vegetable family, it contains high levels of glucosinolates, which are sulphur compounds that support the liver and detoxification (which is very important for hormone balance)

+ The glucosinolates also protect the vulnerable lining of the stomach and digestive tract, helping you maintain digestive health, a pillar of hormone balance

+ Loaded with Indole-3-carbinol (13C) and 3,3-diindolylmethane (DIM), which effectively metabolize estrogen in the body

+ Rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and vitamins (K, C) that help to fight free-radicals and reduce overall inflammation, a common root-cause of hormone imbalances

 

Basically, these babies are powerful, and I’m a HUGE advocate for adding cooked cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, kale, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, etc.) into your diet wherever possible.

Luckily, this recipe makes it super easy to do so, because it’s insanely tasty, simple to make and a HUGE crowd-pleaser. Adding the pistachios, pomegranate, goat cheese and mint takes it totally next level.

I can safely bet after trying this dish, you’ll never think of brussels sprouts the same way again.

Happy healthy holidays love!

xx //

Lauren

 

Healthy Maple Molasses Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Cook time
0 hours 30 mins
Total time
0 hours 30 mins
glazed brussels sprouts

Insanely delicious, this easy, crowd-pleasing dish is also rich in nutrients to help you balance your hormones and optimize your health.

Author: Lauren Chambers
Cuisine: American
Method: Roasting
Diet: paleo, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-based, refined-sugar-free, AIP, PCOS, vegan-friendly, vegetarian friendly, fertility diet
Dish type: side dish, appetizer
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (approximately 2 bags) organic brussels sprouts, halved and stems removed
  • 1-2 tbsp grass-fed ghee
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper + chile flakes to taste 
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup 
  • ¼ cup pistachios, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup goat cheese (optional -- leave out if vegan or dairy-free) 

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper, and spread out the halved and de-stemmed brussels sprouts evenly. 
  3. Coat with 1-2 tbsp grass-fed ghee, 1 tsp of sea salt and fresh black pepper + chile flakes to taste. 
  4. Roast for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Remove at 25 minutes and mix in chopped pistachios. Drizzle with maple syrup and molasses, mixing everything on the pan together well. 
  6. Place back in the oven for 5 more minutes or until nuts are crispy and caramelized. 
  7. When finished roasting, remove from oven and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, fresh mint and optional goat cheese. Serve right away. 
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Lauren Chambers

Lauren Chambers is the Nutrition + Hormone Health Coach and Feel Good Food Blogger of sofreshnsogreen.com. She's on a mission to help you balance your hormones, boost your energy and improve your mood through food, so you can look and feel your best.