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Eating Your Vegetables
We all could eat more vegetables, right? That is surely one of my daily goals, which is why I wrote this cauliflower recipe. But it is easier said than done! According to the official government recommendations, adult women should eat 2.5 cups per day and adult men should eat 3 cups per day. However, we have to remember that the USDA (under the auspices of Choose MyPlate) lumps non-starchy vegetables in with starchy vegetables. These are really two different categories, if you look at their macronutrient impact!
Non-Starchy vs. Starchy Vegetables
Examples of non-starchy vegetables are leafy greens, cruciferous veggies (like cauliflower), and colorful veggies like bell peppers, celery, and cucumber. They have negligible carbohydrates because of the high fiber and water content. There really is not any limit to how many non-starchy vegetables you can eat in a day! Starchy vegetables are, as their name implies, are very starchy and carb-heavy. Examples are sweet potatoes, yams, and potatoes.
Healthy Carbs vs. Not-So-Healthy Carbs
If you look at the general American diet, it is much easier to get our fill of starch. Let’s face it: carbs are delicious! There is nothing intrinsically bad about carbs (as I stated in a former post). However, what gets dicey is the quality and the quantity of our carbs. Eating a baked sweet potato with a dollop of grassfed butter, for example, is much healthier than French fries cooked in GMO soybean oil and doused in refined sodium.
Revision: Eat More Non-Starchy Vegetables!
So, when I say that we need to “eat more vegetables,” what I really mean is more NON-STARCHY vegetables. According to The Paleo Mom (aka the well-respected Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D.), “5 servings a day is the cusp for seeing decreased risk of disease, and the more the merrier.” he personally aims for 9 servings a day (which is also recommended by Dr. Terry Wahls).
Roasted Paprika Cauliflower Recipe
So in the spirit of getting more vegetables into our daily routine, I have a delicious recipe for you! Guess what: it’s SUPER EASY and SUPER YUMMY! Cauliflower is an underutilized cruciferous vegetable, in my opinion, and I want to eat more of it. So, here it is!
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and chop the cauliflower into medium-sized florets.
- Melt the ghee in the microwave or over the stove (I personally go the microwave route!).
- Put the cauliflower florets into a large bowl and toss it in the melted ghee till coated.
- Spread the florets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the spices: sea salt, paprika, onion powder, and dried thyme. You really can’t go wrong here!
- Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (depending on how al dente you like your cauliflower). Serve with a protein, leafy green, and healthy starch for a complete meal!
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