Got the Munchies for Something Crunchy??
–By Hertha J. Woodruff, A.M.L.S., M.A.
It is half past 12:00 am. You wake up for no reason at all. You feel a little hungry and find yourself craving for something crunchy. The first thought could be to grab that bag of tortilla chips that you were saving for unexpected company. You already had a jar of salsa in the refrigerator that you had opened just a few days ago. That would make a good snack. Or, you could eat those crisp, homemade, chocolate chip cookies that your friend made and sent home with you after she invited you over to her house for a summer barbecue. If you go for the bag of tortilla chips or the chocolate chip cookies, you may continue to eat them until they are all gone. Then the guilt sets in due the consumption of high calories. Generally these food items are low in fiber so you may never fill full or satisfied after eating them plus they may not have the best of ingredients.
Plan B is to reach for the handle of your refrigerator door to open to find that beautiful, head of cauliflower. This is cauliflower season in Michigan! Go into the produce departments of grocery stores or to a farmer’s market to see for yourself. Cauliflower is out as the center of attraction like numerous bouquets of flowers. They are fresh, firm, and healthy. Pull some florets from the raw cauliflower and then spoon out a few tablespoons of hummus or another plant based, low calorie dip to spread on them. Begin to eat the raw cauliflower with the hummus. Shortly you will be full and satisfied because it is a healthy choice loaded with many nutrients.
Cauliflower is low in calories. It has only 25 calories per cup. It has an abundance of dietary fiber. It has antioxidants, Vitamin C, many B vitamins, beta-carotene, and even protein. It is low-fat and has very few carbohydrates. It is anti-inflammatory and has omega-3 fatty acids and increases your blood flow to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It is low in salt and a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous and sulphur. It purifies the blood and is a tonic for the liver. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family.
If you go with Plan B instead of craving for Plan A, you will be giving your body the gift of good health. Buy yourself a head of fresh cauliflower this week! Enjoy the treat!
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- Cabot MD, Sandra. Raw Juices Can Save Your Life. Glendale: SBC International, Inc., 2001.