Happy Memorial Day!
Today, I hope you’re able to gather with family and friends as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Many people spend their time outside in nature. (As an avid sunseeker myself, you know I’ll be soaking in the sunshine!) And that’s great news for your health.
After all, simply being outside in nature regulates your circadian rhythm, improves your mood, sharpens your mind, and much, much more.
In fact, it can even help you stick to a healthy diet! And that’s great news on a day like today, when many folks host (or attend) backyard barbeques.
So, with that in mind, here’s one of my favorite recipes…
Cauliflower-based “potato” salad
Burgers and ribs will always get a pass from me—they’re great protein-packed options!
But instead of making a traditional potato salad side dish, try this delicious, low-carb option instead…
I suggest sticking to your favorite recipe and simply making a few healthy substitutes. The key is choosing cauliflower instead of potatoes.
For me, that means adding fresh dill, celery, hard-boiled eggs, onion, and mayonnaise to the mix. Sometimes I add mustard, too! (Or you can opt for sour cream or mascarpone instead of mayonnaise.)
You see, the best part is that you can experiment with the flavors and textures YOU love!
Then, combining those healthy ingredients is easy. Here’s what I do…
First, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add your chopped cauliflower pieces and boil for about eight to ten minutes.
Drain and dump the cooked cauliflower into a large bowl. Next, add your other ingredients, one by one. Then, sprinkle some Himalayan sea salt, cracked black pepper, and herbs on top, to taste, and mix well!
Cool in the refrigerator before serving.
Bon appetite! I bet it will be a favorite dish today—and all summer long!
Impressive health benefits
Now, adding the above ingredients provides you with healthy fats, protein, fiber, and more. Plus, when you follow a healthy, whole foods diet—you know I’ll never lead you away from a salt shaker!
But let’s talk a little more about cauliflower. It’s a cruciferous vegetable that has become quite popular in recent years as a low-carb substitute. And for good reason…
Cauliflower is chockfull of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C and folate, as well as fiber and antioxidants. And it can help ward off hunger and disease.
And now, research shows they can help improve your heart health!
An Australian study found that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have fewer harmful calcium deposits, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Better yet, participants who enjoyed just 45 grams per day of these vegetables were 46 percent less likely to have calcium build-up in their aorta. That amount equals just about 2/3 cup of chopped cauliflower!
So, what are you waiting for? Start adding these delicious veggies to your healthy diet more often than not… starting with some cauliflower-based “potato” salad for Memorial Day.
Want to see what it looks like? Check out this Cooking with Dr. Fred show. As a bonus, I show you how I like to cook ribs, too!
“Eating Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower may boost blood vessel health.” Study Finds, 08/24/2020. (studyfinds.org/blood-vessel-health-broccoli-brussels-sprouts-cauliflower/)