Super Food: Cauliflower

Have you heard?  A new “it” vegetable has been crowned – move over Kale, Cauliflower is in town! That’s right folks, after what seems to like an eternity (ok maybe I’m exaggerating a little) of Kale being in the spotlight, 2013 is finally ready for a new super food. As much as I love Kale, I was pretty excited about to hear the news.

Why is it healthy?

This veggie has to be pretty darn good for you if it kicked Kale out of the top spot, right? Right!

Cauliflower contains powerful cancer fighting phytochemicals called glucosinolates. A regular intake of this veggie (or others from the Cruciferous clan), has shown to reduce risk of the following types of cancers:  bladder, breast, colorectal, lung & prostate.

No oranges, no problem! Cauliflower is another great non-citrus source of Vitamin C – a one cup serving will give you just about your entire days’ worth. Cauliflower is also good source of fibre and folate, and contains a decent amount of selenium (another antioxidant), calcium, and Vitamin A.  And like most other veggies, it has very little calories or sodium, and lacks fat and cholesterol.

 

Including Cauliflower is your diet:

Remove leaves and any yucky spots. Cut into little florets. Rinse under cool water.

Prepare: raw, cooked, sautéed, steamed, grilled, or baked. Or, switch it up…

–          Mashed Cauliflower (instead of potatoes, use cauliflower!)

–          Cauliflower rice

–          Cauliflower pizza crust

–         Roasted with herbs and parmesan (get this recipe in our newsletter this month)

 

Did you know that…

Cauliflower and Kale belong to the same family – the Cruciferous’!

The head of Cauliflower is called a “curd”, and is made up of under- developed flower buds.

April 15, 2013
Revive Wellness