Paleo Power? Seniors – You Know More Than You Think You Know. + Warm Bacon Curried Broccoli Salad. Yum
Deconstructing A Popular Broccoli Salad Recipe
If you think going Paleo is a stretch, let me assure you, it’s actually easy. All you’re doing is trying to eat as “low to the ground” as you can. By avoiding white sugar, flour, processed foods, you give yourself a big leg up to better health.
If you’re overweight, suffer from foggy thinking, find yourself flabby and tired, the paleo power plan will restore your body and your mind.
I got to thinking about on AARP popular recipe for Broccoli salad and could see how it actually fit the paleo model. I began to wonder why.
Broccoli, which came to Thomas Jefferson’s garden from Italy where it’s been served since the time of the Romans, is a powerhouse of nutrition. Loaded with vitamin C and beta carotene, broccoli helps reduce blood pressure, prevent colon cancer and prevent heart disease and eye problems. With only 27 calories for a half cup, it makes a great basis for a healthy meal. It’s at its nutritious best when eaten raw, but the flavor profile is enhanced by a brief steaming. You can choose whether to serve it raw or steamed.
Bacon is a nutrient dense food with plenty of fat and high quality protein to keep you going all day. Remember the paleo power way includes plenty of natural fats to help you lose weight and sculpt those muscles. Besides that, we know everything’s better with bacon. In fact, bacon helps lower blood pressure, is chock full of choline which helps with cognition and memory, and is loaded with those B vitamins you need to make your engine run smoothly. Go ahead. Pig out. It’s good for you.
Raisins provide a natural sweetness to this salad. No need for adding sugar – as many 50’s style recipes recommend. Some say as much as a cup. I don’t think so. Get your sweetness from raisins which also give you boron, magnesium, potassium, and iron along with naturally occuring fructose. Raisins have been dried from grapes since 2000 BC. Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, they make a great addition to many dishes.
Curry Powder begins with turmeric, known in Indian and Chinese cuisine for aeons to serve as an anti-inflammatory in ancient medicine practices, it helps heal inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, arthritis, and other chronic diseases. In addition to turmeric the flavor mixture known as curry is also laced with red chili which provides bountiful amounts of vitamin C. By stirring curry powder into mayonnaise, not only have we pumped up the flavor, but we’ve created a food as medicine winner.
Mayonnaise, now how much mayo do you think those cavemen put on their mastodon sandwiches? Well we know the answer to that, but a true mayo made with eggs, olive oil, and spices makes a fine suitable flavor carrier along with serving as a binder and added nutrient purveyor of the fat soluble vitamins. Here’s where you need to be an ardent label reader. Don’t buy any mayo that’s got added sugars, like the so-called “light” or “low-fat” or “fat-free” fake mayos do. Buy the best brand you can find, and choose one that starts with olive oil and real eggs.
So here’s the quick and easy answer to a Paleo Power lunch you can make and take to work, to a picnic, or just keep it on hand. It crunches, it’s loaded with nutrition and it just plain tastes good.
Warm Bacon Curried Broccoli Salad
5-10 bacon strips cooked crispy and crumbled
5 cups fresh organic broccoli florets
1/2 cup raisins
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon curry powder
Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain and crumble. Meanwhile, steam broccoli until crisp tender, about 2-3 minutes in the microwave or stove top.
In a medium bowl combine the warm bacon, broccoli, raisins, sunflower seeds and diced red onion and set it aside.
In a separate small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, and curry powder; mix well and pour over the broccoli mixture. Toss to mix.
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