Cabbage – It’s A True Beauty Food

Who would have thought that a tightly wound green head of cabbage would be so beneficial to our health?

Cabbage is from the family of broccoli and there are lots of cousins in this family and they all provide health giving nutrients to those who include cabbage as a regular menu item.

Surprisingly, this vegetable comes in many colors and their textures vary. Some cabbages are hard as a rock and perfect for shredding for Cole slaw whereas other varieties, like Napa, are tender and leafy like lettuce.

This super versatile wonder veggie is super healthy for weight loss and better-looking skin. The antioxidant benefits of additional vitamins packed into this nutritional powerhouse are many. That’s why the cabbage soup diet is so successful and popular because your body responds to these nutrients.

There is a myriad of methods to enjoy cabbage and you can discover just how creative cooks have become using cabbage as their focus no matter where they live because this veggie is typically available in every grocery store year-round.

There are quite a few varieties of cabbage and there are many options to prepare it. Some prefer it steamed, others prefer it raw. Just google cabbage dishes and be prepared to be awed by the sensational recipes there.

Slicing cabbage into one-inch slabs, smearing it with olive oil, salt, pepper and a hint of garlic powder, then roasting it for 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven provides a quick, nourishing, less than 50 calorie dish that practically melts in your mouth. 

Do the same with Brussel’s sprouts, they’re also low in fat and high in fiber, or for an even healthier treat – steam them! Nutrient dense cabbage nuggets can be enhanced with garlic, a dab of olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. Or sauté with bacon and onion for a complete meal.

One key piece of advice to avoid the offensive smell – don’t over-cook any cabbage.