Just what makes our Clean Cabbage Slaw so healthy ?
Our Clean Cabbage Slaw (link leads to the recipe), shown here with Shrimp and dehydrated beet chips is as versatile as it is healthy. We have a very eclectic family. While we love Paleo, we all have a slightly different versions based on our food choices. We have carnivores, a pescatarian and a vegan. This works for everyone! You can eat it on it’s own or add, shrimp, chicken, avocado or whatever takes your fancy. We’ve also taken it on some of our picnics. Originally based on our Lime and Walnut Cabbage Slaw, we just made a few modifications based on what was in the house. Swapped the walnuts for pecans and the lime for lemon, added carrot and red onions.
- Part of the cruciferous family, rich in fiber and has been shown to cure stomach ulcers.
- The Red variety is loaded with antioxidants which reduces inflammation, boosts brain function and cancer protection. While the other varieties contain these benefits, red cabbage has shown to have 6X the amount as its green and white counterparts. So, mix it up for better health.
- Known to be a natural way to reduce cholesterol, it prevents bile from absorbing fat after a meal.
- It contains glucosinolates , which studies suggest inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- A source for quercetin, allicin and chromium.
- Quercetin has antioxidant properties and has anti cancer, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. Onion juice is often used as a natural remedy for ear infections.
- Allicin, when crushed, is known to prevent and treat cancer and reduce high blood pressure and good for cardiovascular health.
- Chromium helps control glucose levels and why onions have a low glycemic index. Some evidence suggests, a chromium deficiency can make weight loss more difficult or even cause weight gain.
- Loaded with Vitamin A and rich in Beta-carotene which is known to protect against macular degeneration and support night vision
- Reduce the risk of lung cancer breast cancer and colon cancer. Carrots produce a natural pesticide called falcarinol which may be the cause for the anticancer properties.
- Beta-carotene is an antioxidant and which helps slow down the aging process.
- Vitamin A and antioxidants promote healthier skin by protecting against sun damage, premature wrinkles, and the skins overall appearance. It can even be used as a facemask with a little bit of honey
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals here are just a few: Vitamin C, B6, Thiamin, Fiber, Copper, Calcium
- Eases pain of sunburn and bee stings
- Works as a natural detox to flush out toxins and promote weight loss
- Natural dandruff remedy and increases shine to hair
- Solves problems with constipation and indigestion
- Cold remedy and fever reducer
- Excellent source for Vitamin E and contains Vitamins A , D and polyunsaturated fatty acids which has shown to reduce the effects of UV exposure on the skin.
- It is great for the digestive system and acts as a mild laxative to keep you regular
- Improves the absorption of Vitamin A and K which makes it a perfect partner for this meal
- Improves brain and nervous system function
- Regular use can lower cholesterol
- Good for heart health as it contains potassium and magnesium and is high in monounsaturated fats
- Good source of fiber promoting digesting health. Reduces risk of colitis, colon cancer and hemorrhoids
- Contains heart healthy monounsaturated fats and phenolic antioxidants which have been found to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes.
- Contains phosphorus for bone and teeth health. This mineral is essential for cell and tissue repair and can prevent muscle pain after exercise.
- Rich in magnesium which has anti-inflammatory benefits. Magnesium has been known to be effective in reducing the risk of Alzheimer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease. Also lowers blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
- Pecans contain oleic acid which is also present in olive oil. In addition to lowering LDL it is a good source of antioxidants. Oleic acid has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
There you have it. Loaded with flavor, nutrient dense and at only 408 calories for a full meal with shrimp, a winner all the way around. Try it out for yourself. Looking forward to hearing what you think.