Broccolini, also called “baby broccoli,” is in the cruciferous family of vegetables, along with cauliflower and cabbage. It is a cross between common broccoli and Chinese broccoli and has long stalks, small florets and small leaves. Broccolini contains antioxidants that can improve eye health and prevent or slow the development of eye disease.
Broccolini is beneficial for eyesight because it is high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. These vitamins and nutrients help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and slow its progression. AMD destroys central vision used for tasks like reading and driving. A diet high in antioxidants may also slow the development of cataracts, which causes cloudy or blurry vision and can also impact reading and driving.
AMD and cataracts are both leading causes of vision loss in older adults. However, you can eat high-antioxidant green vegetables, like broccolini, for prevention. Enjoy this delicious recipe as you move toward better eye health!
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 small bunches broccolini
- 1 teaspoon orange zest + extra for garnish
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Wash broccolini and remove leaves. Cut 1 inch off ends. Slice any thick stems down the middle so broccolini will cook evenly.
- Heat oil over medium heat in pan. Add broccolini, garlic and orange zest. Add sea salt and pepper and stir.
- Saute for about 6 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. Broccolini should turn bright green and should still have a little crunch.
- Transfer to a serving dish and add extra orange zest on top. Serve immediately.