Nutrition

Please Sir, I Want Some More Cauliflower

So I’m finally back from Florida! I have to say, it was a very nice and much needed vacation away from the daily grind. I mean, it wasn’t an out-of-the-country destination or anything, but it was still special and full of memories. I will probably be posting about the trip here soon so make sure to check it out!

Two weeks felt like such a long time to be away from When Life Gives You Lemons, but I am excited to be back with you all writing again. Speaking of which, let’s get reading…

Cauliflower has always been one of those vegetables that I’ve never really paid much attention to. I don’t have anything against it, but I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve had it in my life. Well maybe two hands. But still, I don’t have it too often.

I’ve occasionally heard that cauliflower can substitute for gluten ingredients, and that it’s healthy, but that’s about it. But now after researching just how many benefits cauliflower provides, I’m ready to load up my grocery cart with the stuff!

For example, did you know that this cruciferous vegetable can help in the prevention of cancer? Thanks to its anti-mutagen nature, cauliflower is known for its ability to halt the reproduction of tumor cells.

Not only that, but this vegetable also combats inflammation (which we all know is far from fun), decreases the risk of heart and brain diseases, contains high levels of necessary vitamins (C and K) and minerals, helps balance hormones, and aids in digestion. There are quite a few more benefits that come with cauliflower, but you get the point. How could I have lived this long and not know all this stuff? (If you would like to read more in-depth information about its health benefits, visit here)

As I mentioned, cauliflower is also a great and nutritious substitute for starchy and gluten ingredients like pizza dough, mashed potatoes, and tortillas. Admittedly, I haven’t tried any recipes like that yet. However, as soon as I decided to start the process cutting gluten out of my diet, I went straight to Pinterest (because really, where else do you go for ideas?), and I couldn’t believe how creative some people can get with cauliflower!

Those who are gluten/dairy intolerant especially many times feel like they miss out on so much when it comes to food. It becomes a little difficult to effectively avoid all bread and cheese and other wheat products. However, I did find this one recipe that I really can’t wait to try: cauliflower bread buns. Instead of all-purpose flour they use almond and coconut flour as well as eggs. So at least I can still have my burgers!

As with almost all foods, moderation is key. There are endless benefits when we eat cauliflower, but there are also some concerns. For instance, if it is consumed in excessive portions often enough, the purines found in cauliflower can trigger a gout attack, as well as gas and bloating. If you know that you are allergic to cruciferous plants like cauliflower and broccoli, I would recommend that you avoid it.

Other side affects may include things like hypotension, hypoglycemia, and kidney stones. But again, that is only if you eat too much of this super vegetable. Otherwise, it is very good for your health.

I actually just included some roasted cauliflower with Ghee (gluten free butter) in my lunch yesterday, and I had forgotten how delicious that vegetable was! If you guys have any ideas for transforming cauliflower into a savory treat, I would love to hear them if you comment below or message me at thelemonlife@aol.com.