Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Winter is prime time for this nutritious cruciferous powerhouse.

White Knights Brightly colored vegetables are usually the stars of the produce aisle, but white cauliflower deserves props, too. a single cup contains almost an entire day's supply of vitamin C, and it's also a good source of vitamins B and K and folate (which help strengthen bones).

Delicious Detox Cauliflower is rich in sulfur-producing compounds—hence its pungent aroma when cooked. Foods containing these compounds help rid your body of carcinogens, which is why eating cauliflower has been linked to a reduced risk of breast, cervical, and lung cancers.

Against the Grain Thanks to its low-calorie, low-carb, high-fiber profile (1 cup serves up 26 calories, 5 g carbs, and 2.3 g fiber), cauliflower retains its density and volume when cooked. this means it's incredibly filling—and can make a great swap for potatoes, rice, and even pasta. and the fact that it's the same color as all those foods makes it a suprisingly kid-friendly substitution.

Flexible Florets Keep cauliflower fresh for up to a week in the fridge by storing it in a paper or plastic bag, stem side down. Prep it one of these delicious ways and enjoy!

Mash Up Steam a head of chopped cauliflower with garlic, then whip in a food processor with 1–2 tbsp. olive oil or butter and salt to taste. Serve as is or with grated parmesan cheese.

The Bright Stuff High concentrations of beta-carotene make orange cauliflower this happy hue.

Chip off the Block With a taste and texture similar to trendy cousin kale, cauliflower leaves are edible, too. roast them on high heat with a sprinkle of salt for a crunchy snack. 

Who Knew?  Anthocyanins, the potent antioxidants found in berries, give purple cauliflower its intense shade.

Sources: Robin Berzin, M.D. Laura CipuLLo, R.D, author of Healthy Habits. Monica Reinagel, License D Nutritionist, author of The Inflammation-free Diet Plan.


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