Cauliflower has recently become a huge health trend, and with good reason. From its versatility to the nutrients and health benefits, cauliflower is a vegetable that should find its way to your plate as much as possible.
Here are some of the benefits of cauliflower and the different ways to prepare this delicious and versatile vegetable.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K, two micronutrients that are essential for our health. As you know, Vitamin C plays a significant role in our immune health. Vitamin K plays a role in our blood clotting factors and helps with building healthy bones. One serving of cauliflower also contains around 6% of your daily recommended intake of potassium.
Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables have beneficial effects on your heart health. Sterols are the compounds in cauliflower that help lower cholesterol levels. They prevent the intestines from absorbing LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), which reduces the risk of blood clots and plaque buildup in the arteries.
High in Fiber
Cauliflower is extremely rich in fiber, which is necessary for a healthy digestive system. Fiber cannot be digested. Instead, it is food for the healthy bacteria that reside in our gut. Fiber keeps the gut microbiome healthy, diverse, and populated. A healthy gut microbiome influences all aspects of our health, from digestion to our mood. Fiber is also beneficial for weight management because it keeps us full for longer.
Cauliflower contains many antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress damages DNA and cells and increases the risk of many chronic illnesses.
A Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Substitute
Few veggies allow you to get as creative in the kitchen as cauliflower does. This healthy vegetable can be a substitute for many carbohydrate-heavy foods, including pizza crust and mashed potatoes. If you enjoy the taste and texture of carbs but want a healthier spin on them, you must try a cauliflower replacement!
Chop some cauliflower florets in a food processor to achieve a texture very similar to rice, but with an extra pop of nutrients. You can add any spices and seasonings you like and then fry in a pan for a few minutes. It's not only low-carb and low-calorie, but it also takes less time to make! It's perfect for days when you're in a rush but still want to eat healthily.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
When you boil cauliflower, it becomes soft and creamy, just like potatoes. After boiling, mash up your cauliflower and add some water or milk to achieve cauliflower mashed potatoes. The texture is so similar, but the macronutrients are not! You'll enjoy the benefits of eating a vegetable, and you'll hardly even notice it.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
You shouldn't have to give up your favorite foods just because you want to make healthy choices. Swapping regular pizza dough for cauliflower crust is an easy swap. You'll get a thin, crispy crust full of micronutrients and fiber. Place your favorite toppings, such as cheese, veggies, and tomato sauce, and you will satisfy those pizza cravings while sticking to your healthy eating goals.
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