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15 Cauliflower Recipes To Keep You Healthy

15 Cauliflower Recipes To Keep You Healthy

Brassica oleracea has a long history. The oldest record dates back to the 6th century. From Syria to France, it has been grown for more than a thousand years. If you are wondering, the other name for Brassica oleracea is cauliflower.

Cauliflower is stashed with nutrients. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C. This particular vegetable is highly recommended by WHFoods. Vegetarians and vegans tend to choose cauliflower as a reasonable substitute for carbohydrates instead of potatoes and rice. And you will be amazed to know just how many ways you can cook cauliflower! Here are 15 recipes you will love.

1. “Loaded” Cauliflower

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    This is a quick meal that doesn’t take much effort or time. It’s a very simple recipe with “loaded” nutritional values and balanced ingredients. This is the perfect food for a tired you.

    2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

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      This cauliflower crust pizza is low in carbs, low in calories, and gluten free. And the best part? You can add any toppings, knowing that you are eating a healthy pizza. The process is not as troublesome as you may think. And the taste? Why don’t you make it and find out for yourself?

      3. Cheeseburger Cauliflower

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        This is another trouble-free recipe that you can cook in less time. Here it is done with hamburger, but if you are very health-conscious and want to avoid red meat, you can try with shredded chicken pieces or ground chicken.

        4. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

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          There’s no hassle of going to the stove and deep frying because this recipe is all about the oven bake. It takes little time and is very simple and so delicious. You may just want to eat this every day!

          5. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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            If you don’t want pizza but do want something else made out of pizza crust which is made from cauliflower crumbs, then you can easily bake these super cheesy breadsticks!

            6. Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

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              This super-duper cheesy casserole is actually low in carbs and gluten free! This kid-friendly, easy dish can be eaten as a side dish, or better, as a whole meal!

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              7. Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice

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                All you health-conscious people out there, this is the perfect meal for you, since this is grain free fried rice. For vegetarians and vegans, just add as many vegetables as you want and omit the eggs, and for the non-vegetarians, you can add sausage and shrimp. The process is not hard at all, and the overall result is delicious fried rice!

                8. Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

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                  Here’s a very healthy snack packed with nutriments that will boost your mood and your tastebuds simultaneously. The recipe is not hard to make, and you can even serve this as an appetizer at your next party!

                  9. Cauliflower Nachos with Harissa Cheddar Cheese

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                    This is a very smart finger food that can go with any occasion, be it girlfriends’ day out, boys’ sports night, or a teen’s get-together with friends. It’s simple to make, so if demand goes sky-high, you can easily make some more!

                    10. Cauliflower Tortillas

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                      So, you are in the mood for Mexican food. Here is your solution! You may find the whole idea of making tortillas with cauliflower silly; if so, then you are in for a surprise! Since these are easy to make and very healthy, you might just forget about the typical corn or flour tortillas entirely!

                      11. Cauliflower Protein Bread

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                        If you have the time to bake a cauliflower pizza, then you can effortlessly bake this cauliflower bread.

                        12. Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins

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                          Another low carb and gluten-free meal, this recipe is sure to tantalize your tastebuds! Cheesy, filling, and delicious, this can top your weekend family breakfast!

                          13. Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

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                            As easy as a pie, this shepherd’s pie is a big hearty meal for the whole family. Both kids and adults will surely fall in love with this recipe. With the preparation and cooking, the overall time will be one hour. It’s perfect for after a hectic day or for a perfect summer dinner!

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                            14. Paleo Cauliflower Hummus

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                              This is a great substitution for chickpeas. Just use cauliflower and you won’t even know the difference! It tastes the same as chickpeas, and the good part is that you are free to play around with the ingredients: simply add your own favorite flavors! Flavorsome and easy to make, this can be a big preferred food for you and your friends!

                              15. Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese

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                                *Drool* sorry, can’t help it, but the picture is seriously making me want to go to the kitchen and make this now! And the best part is that it doesn’t even take more than 30 minutes! I bet you’ll soon become a cauliflower addict after eating this. Good luck on resisting such a scrumptious food!

                                Honestly, after completing this article, I think I will start a cauliflower diet, or at least add cauliflower to my recipes everyday! The health benefits, the versatility, and the flavors just make it an idyllic substitute for carbs. So, the next time you are grocery shopping, do not forget to buy stacks of cauliflower!

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                                Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                Stress

                                If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                Eating close to bedtime

                                Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                Medical conditions

                                In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                The vicious sleep cycle

                                The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                You get a bad night’s sleep
                                –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                  You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                  How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                  To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                  1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                  What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                  Here are a few suggestions:

                                  • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                  • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                  • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                  • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                  • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                  2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                  What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                  • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                  • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                  • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                  • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                  3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                  Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                  Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                  Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                  Sleep better form now on

                                  Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                  I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                  As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                  Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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