Cauliflower, the healthy white food

It seems that we often hear about how refined sugar and flour do not provide the beneficial nutrients our bodies need. I have to agree with that statement. Typically when processed foods are white, they have been stripped of their beneficial nutrients and then “enriched” with B vitamins and a few other nutrients to enhance their appeal. Our bodies were not designed to utilized processed food and when it has been stripped down of it’s natural nutritional qualities it lacks the elements that help our bodies thrive.

The general rule of thumb that I use is, try to stick to foods that are found in their most natural state and have a rich natural color. Although this is the rule I typically follow, I have found that cauliflower is one of few exceptions to the color rule. Despite its white appearance, cauliflower offers an abundance of nutrients that help you maintain optimal health. Cauliflower, broccoli’s pale cousin, is low in saturated fat and is a great source of vitamins B6, C and K. It contains mild anti-inflammatory properties and has 37mg of Omega 3s for heart health, per one cup serving. Cauliflower is also rich in fiber, folate, potassium and maganese.

I have to admit this has not always been my favorite vegetable, but I have found that its all in the preparation. As an adult I have decided to reintroduce several vegetables that I may have had an eversion to as a child. What I have found is that a lot of the vegetables that I was introduced to as a child, were often steamed or boiled to the point of mush. I now know that if they are grilled, roasted or lightly steamed, not only do they maintain there nutrients, but the texture and flavor is much more appealing. This rule applies to cauliflower, as well as several other vegetables such as brussel sprouts, and beets. One of my favorite ways to prepare cauliflower is by roasting. Simply toss it in olive oil, a little salt and pepper and roast in on a rimmed cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or so (tossing half way through). Not only does it taste great, but it also crisps up a bit, so it satisfies the craving for something slightly salty and crispy, in a healthy way. For added variety and flavor you can roast it with other veggies or add a little curry powder when you toss it together with the olive oil.

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