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February 23, 2012
Forget The Mashed Potatoes: Try This Very Healthy Alternative

Though mashed potatoes can be a nourishing side or main dish, if you tend to have high blood sugar or insulin levels, it's probably best that you limit your consumption of potatoes to a serving or two per week. Try this very healthy alternative.

credit: Dr. Ben Kim

Cauliflower is a member of the Cruciferous family of vegetables; other members of this phytonutrient-rich family include broccoli, Bok choy, cabbage, and kale. Eating cauliflower and other Cruciferous vegetables at least three times a week may significantly reduce your risk of developing all types of cancer. Eating cauliflower may also give your immune system and healing mechanisms a natural boost, as cauliflower is naturally rich in real vitamin C.

This mashed cauliflower recipe is a delicious and healthy substitute for traditional mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower
5 garlic cloves
1/3 cup fresh herbs (chives and basil both work particularly well)
Sea salt

Directions:


1. Chop cauliflower into smaller chunks - about bite-size pieces works well.

2. Peel garlic cloves and cut in half, lengthwise.

3. Steam cauliflower and garlic for 15 minutes..or until cauliflower and garlic are tender enough for a fork to easily pass through.

4. Combine steamed cauliflower, garlic, fresh herbs, and sea salt in a food processor or a strong blender and blend until everything comes together into a mashed potato-like consistency - it's quite good smooth or slightly chunky. Alternatively, you can mash everything together by hand with a potato masher or a fork.

Enjoy this delicious and healthy mashed cauliflower dish.

Dr. Ben Kim is a chiropractor and acupuncturist living and working in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Visit his website at www.drbenkim.com


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