Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. It's a superfood. It provides many nutrient benefits and is relatively low in calories. It's a great source of vitamins K and C and is a good source of folate. Broccoli also has potassium and fiber. Aside from the addition of half-and-half (not much really for the amount of soup made) and the cheese on top, this soup is very healthy. It's a good way to get kids to eat their veggies. And the best part is, it is really tasty and easy to make.