Welcome to this week’s Cauliflower Spotlight! Each week we have a new vegetable spotlight and associated recipe.
I use to think of cauliflower as the slightly paler broccoli substitute, chop it up, steam it, and serve as a side dish. But there’s so much more you can do with it! Broccoli’s pale cruciferous brother can be used as alternative mash potatoes, fettuccine alfredo sauce, and even pizza crust.
In addition to its versatility when it comes to cooking, cauliflower also has a lot of health benefits:
- Cauliflower has a lot of anti-oxidants, which include vitamin c, manganese, and beta-carotene. This helps protect your body from free radical damage and reduce your risk for diseases caused by oxidative stress (which can lead to cardiovascular diseases and cancer).
- Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties because of its Vitamin K content and omega-3 fatty acids. This can help decrease the risk of arthritis.
- Cauliflower has fiber to help with digestion. Fiber also helps with your immune system, lowering blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels.
- Cauliflower helps make your bones strong with vitamin K. Calcium usually gets all the credit for this. But did you know vitamin K helps your bones actually absorb the calcium?
- Cauliflower helps your memory with Choline. Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Mother’s milk has high levels of choline for infants. We need high levels of this early on in life for developing.
- Cauliflower has a lot of Vitamins and minerals! With one cup of cauliflower, you can get 77% of your daily vitamin C needs and 20% of your daily vitamin K needs. It also has vitamin B 1,2,3,5,6, and 9, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.
- Cauliflower is low in calories! One cup of cauliflower is only 27 calories. It also has 2 grams of protein, .3 grams of fat, and 5 grams of carbohydrates.
Cauliflower is typically a white/creamy color. This is actually because during the growing season leaves are tied together to shade the cauliflower head from the sunlight otherwise it would turn green. There are also other varieties that come in different colors such as purple and orange.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this vegetable spotlight post, there are many ways cauliflower can be prepared. Stop by again on Saturday to find out one of my go-to indulgent guilt-free recipes I use with cauliflower as the main ingredient!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Cauliflower Spotlight. Until next time, stay healthy!