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8 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Using Cauliflowers As A Substitute

8 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Using Cauliflowers As A Substitute

If there is one vegetable I’d be happy to eat day in day out for the rest of my life, it would be cauliflower.

Steamed, roasted, pan fried- Any way you cook it, I’d eat it – with a smile on my face and a happy stomach full of nutrients. (Seriously, roasted cauliflower is one of my absolute favourite foods!)

Hailing from the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale (to name a few), this crucifer is a a high fiber, high nutrient vegetable. Boasting admirable levels of vitamin C, vitamin K and folate, it’s a nutritional punch in natural form.

While I’m easily content with the mainstream ways of eating cauliflower, little did I know how versatile this vegetable truly is. Thanks for the strong paleolithic style of eating, cauliflower has truly shown its versatility- from being a substitute for rice, made into a crust to recreate your favourite pizzas and even sneakily hidden in desserts! For those of you actively avoiding grains or following a low carbohydrate diet, cauliflower has allowed you to enjoy those foods you probably perceived impossible- with just some creative tweaks.

1. Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Asparagus Pesto via Peas and Crayons

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    Cauliflower cheese was one of my absolute favourite childhood sides…mainly because I would scrap most of the cheese for myself leaving the (undressed) cauliflower for my parents. Now? This soup has them both blended together for the delectible taste with every spoonful. The asparagus pesto? Consider that an added bonus.

    2. Baked ‘Cheesy’ Cauliflower via The Healthy Maven

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      I have friends who are Vegan and they often proclaim how they never eat cheese. I have a friend who lives gluten free and considers gluten free pasta to taste like lies. My solution? This recipe which can keep them both satisfied.

      3. ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower rolls via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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        No, you’re eyes are not deceiving you. EVERYTHING BAGEL using cauliflower. For any low carb, paleo or grain free champion out there- This recipe will be your new go to bread. And you’ll even convert those who don’t love it yet. Trust me. I did it.

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        4. Cauliflower Chocolate cake via Chocolate Covered Katie

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          No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you again. Who would have thought chocolate cake could contain cauliflower? This recipe not only includes cauliflower, but it’s a chock full of healthy ingredients, you could practically consider this one of your five-a-day vegetable target.

          5. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce via Pinch of Yum

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            Nothing beats a pasta that is smothered with a creamy alfredo sauce. By swapping out the cream, cheese and butter, this cauliflower based version would taste epic with a pasta….and you can be EXTRA generous with the sauce.

            6. Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice via Pinch of Yum

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              Not only used for pasta, the creamy cauliflower sauce can be drenched in rice to create a comforting meal – without the added heaviness of a typical cream sauce. Do I hear seconds? Just me?

              7. Cauliflower Crust Pizza via Ifoodreal

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                Perhaps the most famous ‘unconventional’ use for cauliflower is the classic pizza crust. Get a serving of vegetables in before you even add the toppings. A low carbohydrate alternative which means: let’s add potatoes to the topping!

                8. Coconut Cauliflower Pancakes via Kissmybroccoli

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                  No, for the third time, you’re eyes are NOT deceiving you. Start your breakfast with … cauliflower? You bet. Without being able to taste it but with an added nutrient and volume punch – these fluffy pancakes would have you all deceived!

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                  So next time you’re at the supermarket and see a cauliflowe r- use your imagination. It probably has or will happen.

                  Cauliflower froyo anyone? Okay maybe that’s pushing it.

                  Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

                  Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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