The Healthy Benefits of Cabbage

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Cabbage – low in calories, fat and cholesterol. Yet, cabbage is frequently overlooked for other greens like brussels sprouts, broccoli, or kale. But, what are the healthy benefits of cabbage?

Did you know, though, that adding cabbage to your diet is great for helping your post workout recovery? According to Elizabeth M. Ward, R.D., “Cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamin K for bone strength, and is packed with vitamin C, which promotes collagen production and helps boost the immune system. It’s also a good source of fiber.”

Even better, cabbage contains phytochemical indoles that may help reduce the risk of developing prostate and breast cancers. If you’re not a big fan of eating raw cabbage, she suggests steaming it until it’s tender crisp, which, she says, is “best for preserving nutrition.”

Looking for some different ways to add cabbage to your diet? Try using Napa cabbage leaves instead of traditional corn or wheat tortillas as a sandwich wrap. Shred some up and toss onto fish tacos for a tasty treat. Want to cut down on the trisulfides – aka “smelly aroma”, try simmering cabbage for about 10 minutes, instead of hard-boiling.

For an alternative to the popular green smoothie, try this recipe using red cabbage.

Red Berry Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 drops almond extract
  • 2 tsp raw almond butter
  • 3 ice cubes (to cool it down, optional)

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Source: Muscle & Fitness

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