I’m a sucker for food fads, so bring on the unicorn cakes and the cotton candy cocktails. In fact, as a Gemini, I’ll frankly try almost anything twice.
And as a pretty slothful twenty-something, I often struggle to remember if I’ve fulfilled my required fruit and veggie intake for the day. Does a Bloody Mary count? Especially if I’m not cooking for myself at home.
So when I heard there was a way to get caffeinated AND eat my daily vegetables all in one, I figured this might just be the trend for lazy me.
Enter Broccoli Coffee. The food industry’s latest gross-sounding attempt to get everyone to eat their greens.
The scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Host Innovation discovered a way to dry and pulverize ugly broccoli (bunches too imperfect to sell in stores) into a flavorful green powder. Mix two tablespoons of it into any drink, soup or food recipe and you’ll end up with a whole serving of vegetables.
Broccoli is also a great source of vitamins C, K, A, and B6, and is super rich in other nutrients that are really good for you and your body.
If broccoffees aren’t looking like your thing, consider broccoli powder just another beneficial additive to throw into a smoothie, shake, or that muffin recipe you’ve been dying to try out. Combined with sweeter, more flavorful ingredients, you’ll barely taste the broccoli and still reap all of its benefits.
It all comes down down to what your tastebuds can get down with. And whether this broccolatte looks appealing to you at all.
A broccoli latte brewed at Common Folk café.
Twitter lost its mind when the news of broccoli coffee spread.
And I say this as someone who likes broccoli. But do not mess with my caffeine.
— Claire O’Dell (@ClaireOdell99) June 7, 2018
With most people thinking this health trend is just not going to take off.
I’d consider it if it came sealed in a ready-to-throw-away container
— Seth Sanders (@SethLSanders) June 7, 2018
Because coffee doesn’t make you go to the bathroom enough, let’s add broccoli to really get your bowels moving
— Zeinab Amin 🇱🇧 (@zeebooamin) June 7, 2018
Finally I will have the bloating AND the natural laxative, all in one package
— Ⓥroom Ⓥaby (@GrandCacti) June 7, 2018
While others are approaching the broccoli powder thing with an open mind.
I would totally use broccoli powder in other foods/mixes, love that is reducing food waste, think it’s a great idea for soups, smoothies, dips, cheesy snacks! But, not in my coffee. That’s okay. My coffee’s fine with not being green.
— Molly 💖💜💙 (@SerendipMe) June 7, 2018
Protein in broccoli? Who ever woulda thought.
“As reported by Mashable, the organization worked with research and development corporation Hort Innovation to create a nutrient-rich broccoli powder that can be added to recipes for an extra dose of protein and fiber”
— 🌷 Kathryn Ⓥ 🇺🇸 (@SkinyVegetarian) June 6, 2018
I read the article, its clickbait but a great idea. Like broccoli matcha for extra protein and fiber. It gives farmers something to do with ‘ugly’ heads of broccoli that they cant sell to grocery stores. Seems like most people use it in smoothies etc. Great way to reduce waste.
— Yo Pierre, voulez-vous venir ici? (@GoblynScholar) June 7, 2018
No matter which side of this you’re on, I think we can all agree it takes a brave soul to risk ruining their morning cup of joe with cruciferous greens.