The creamy, dairy-free cauliflower dip that balances your hormones (and so much more)

Everyone loves creamy dips, which is not surprising at all, though.  Creamy dips and extremely tasty and go well with sliced veggies and crackers. They pair with other dishes and snacks, too. However, it is important to choose wisely and indulge in healthy and nutrient-dense dips, instead of unhealthy and processed ones.

Dip Into Something Healthy

Regular dips use dairy as key ingredient along with many preservatives which are both inflammation-causing and known to cause hormone imbalances. On the other hand, the combination of spices in this dip fights inflammation! Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, works as potent anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it beneficial for treating rheumatoid arthritis and similar inflammation-related conditions.  Cumin was found to provide the same effects.

As reported by Livestrong, a 2007 animal study published in “Phytotherapy Research” found that the thymoquinone in black cumin effectively reduced inflammation in subjects with arthritis.”

Cauliflower, the key ingredient in this recipe, is another strong anti-inflammatory food.  It also “has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen.”

In addition to this, cauliflower is an excellent source of phytonutrients and antioxidants,  both of which provide a wide plethora of health benefits, from improving cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and inflammatory systems to supporting oxygen-related metabolism.

Other Benefits of Cauliflower

  • It is packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant which protects the body from sickness and disease
  • It has quite high vitamin K content,  a nutrient which keeps the bones strong and healthy
  • Regular consumption of cauliflower improves liver function, supporting the natural process of detoxification
  • It improves digestion, which in turn lowers the risk of leaky gut syndrome
  • Cauliflower is relatively low in calories, which makes it ideal for weight-watchers
  • It helps reduce constipation
  • It keeps the eyes healthy by protecting sensitive tissues of the retinal area
  • It works as an effective tool for preventing cancer
  • Consuming cauliflower on a regular basis promotes proper blood circulation and keeps the blood vessels healthy
  • As already discussed above, cauliflower improves digestion and supports the elimination of toxic matter from the body due to its high fiber content
  • Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound that protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation
  • The high vitamin C and potassium content in cauliflower lowers the risk of diabetes, as potassium keeps the glucose metabolism in check
  • Cauliflower is one of the best veggies for pregnant women because it contains an essential folate

Creamy Cauliflower Dip Recipe

Nutritional Profile

  • 74 calories
  • 6 grams of fat
  • 65 milligrams of sodium

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, steamed
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of cumin, paprika, garlic powder, turmeric, and onion powder
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  • Run all the ingredients through a food processor
  • Add more seasoning, to taste
  • Serve with sliced veggies, crackers, olives and finger foods

Sources: draxe.com

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