Italian researchers found eating these under appreciated vegetables can stimulate the development of stem cells in your muscles, helping them to repair and grow. What that means is you can fuel extra muscle gain this summer by pairing your chicken with more than just another handful of spinach. The chemical compound sulforaphane in sprouts also reduces cell death, which is crucial to sustaining muscle mass and facilitating fast recovery after a heavy session. A tasty bit of nutritional science, we’re sure you’ll agree.
And sprouts needn’t resemble the soggy morsels that used to contaminate your grandmother’s roasts, either. When cooking them, simply swap the saucepan for the roasting tin. Not only does boiling turn them into mush, you’ll also end up pouring much of their goodness down the plughole with the water. Coat them in a little oil and season, before roasting at home until golden and crispy with a few bacon rashers. The distinctly sprouty odour you will leave in the office kitchen is sadly unavoidable, so the least you can do is make it taste good.
1. GET CRACKING
Research has found black pepper stimulates gastric acid secretion, helping to enhance your digestion of protein.
2. CRUSH THE GYM
Garlic improves blood flow to your muscles by increasing your hydrogen sulfide levels.
3. BRING THE HEAT
Sprinkle with cayenne pepper before roasting to fire up your metabolism, torch fat and reduce your odds of the flu.