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A Bone-Healthy Bread Made With Cauliflower?

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Some of the foods that contain the best nutrients for your bones are surprisingly common. That’s why I like to re-discover the bone-healthy attributes of foods that are readily available and that can be used in creative ways to prepare delicious alkalizing dishes.

Cauliflower is a perfect example. It’s an excellent source of bone-healthy nutrients, including a potent detoxifying phytochemical. And it’s also quite versatile. Today I’m going to show you how you can use cauliflower to make alkalizing wheat-free bread.

But first, here’s why…

Crunchy Cauliflower is a Foundation Food

In the Save Our Bones Program, you’ll discover a lengthy list of Foundation Foods that offer many options for building your bones. Cauliflower is among those Foundation Foods.

“C” is for Cauliflower

Cauliflower offers a plentiful amount of Vitamin C, one of the Foundation Supplements in the Save Our Bones Program.

Vitamin C serves a dual purpose. It acts as an antioxidant as well as a vitamin. It stimulates the production of bone-building cells (osteoblasts) while suppressing the cells that destroy bone (osteoclasts). This is the mechanism behind the findings of a 2010 study, which showed that Vitamin C reduces fracture rates and increases bone mass.1

Vitamin C is also vital to the production of collagen, a protein-based connective tissue in bones and cartilage. And Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant – it actually helps convert toxins into water-soluble substances that can be flushed out of the body.

In addition to Vitamin C, cauliflower also provides many other nutrients, including Foundation Supplements:

Vitamin K: Works with Vitamin D to regulate osteoclast production, and it activates a substance called osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein that helps get calcium into your bones.

Folate*: A part of the B-complex family that helps your body utilize protein and convert homocysteine into other amino acids.

Choline*: Also in the B-complex family, choline is an essential component of the B vitamins.

B Vitamins (B1*, B2*, B3* B5*, and B6*): All act in synergy with each other in the bone-building process – isn’t it interesting that one food has so many of them?

Potassium: Plays triple-duty as an alkalizing mineral, nutrient, and electrolyte and is involved in muscle contractions and protein synthesis.

Manganese*: A trace mineral that plays a role in thyroxine production (thyroxine is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland). It is also involved in the production of connective tissue in both cartilage and bone.

Magnesium*: More than half the body’s magnesium is found in the bones. This mineral is linked with calcium absorption and is involved in over 300 body processes.

*Foundation Supplement

Cauliflower also contains…

A Powerful Detoxifying Phytochemical

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, like kale and broccoli. And like other cruciferous vegetables, it’s a very good source of a detoxifying phytochemical called d-glucarate.

Your body has a natural system that regulates toxins. It holds on to some and lets others go. D-glucarate works with this system to stimulate the “letting go” mechanism so that toxins can be released and excreted from the body.

D-glucarate does this by suppressing an enzyme that triggers the “hold on” mechanism in the body. Thus, consuming d-glucarate helps cleanse the body of toxins.

Cleanse With Cauliflower

Because of its high nutrient content and the fact that it provides d-glucarate, cauliflower is one of the foods included in OsteoCleanse™, the 7-day Osteoporosis Drug Cleanse that is designed to rid your body of harmful toxins, including osteoporosis drugs.

OsteoCleanse™ makes an excellent companion to the Save Our Bones Program. It is the only cleanse specifically designed to help build and nourish your bones, with easy step-by-step instructions and loads of delicious cleansing recipes.

In Just One Short Week You’ll Feel and Look Better the Ever!

Here are some of the benefits you can expect from OsteoCleanse™:

  • A better understanding of how the body works and how to give it what it needs.
  • Discover why your kidneys and liver are essential to the integrity of your bones how to ensure their proper function.
  • OsteoCleanse™ reveals the toxins that are in your everyday environment, so you can learn easy ways to avoid them.
  • Discover how to breathe for optimal toxin cleansing.
  • Greater energy levels as your body is no longer taxed from dealing with toxins and osteoporosis drugs that can linger in your bloodstream.
  • Better quality of sleep.
  • A healthier, younger-looking you!

And just think about this – unlike other cleanses, OsteoCleanse™ takes only takes one week.

You can achieve these phenomenal results from simple steps such as eating key detoxifying foods like cauliflower.

The Easy-to-Make Bone-Healthy Cauliflower Bread

Now you may think there are only a couple of ways to eat cauliflower – raw with dip, perhaps, or steamed. But as I mentioned earlier, it can also be used to make a delicious and alkalizing bread.

Here’s an amazingly simple, versatile, bone-healthy recipe for cauliflower bread.

Cauliflower Bread

Approximately 8 servings

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower (preferably organic)
2 eggs
1 ½ tablespoons flax meal
½ teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)
¼ teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450.

Peal the green leaves from the head of cauliflower and cut the head in half.

Chop the “curd” (the white part) into large pieces and place in a blender. (You can also grate the cauliflower.)

Puree until the cauliflower resembles a fine meal. Puree more cauliflower pieces if necessary to make 2 cups.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a fork.

Using a ¼-cup measure, dollop mounds of the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet coated with olive oil. Flatten each mound with your hands.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then flip with a spatula and bake on the other side for another 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

References

1 Gabbay, K. H. et al. “The Ascorbate Synthesis Pathway: Dual Role of Ascorbate in Bone Homeostasis.” The Journal of Biological Chemistry. April 21, 2010.

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  1. Marlyn pruder September 22, 2014, 5:38 pm

    Today I do not believe it I am Seventy -six. Trying to take care of myself do my own cooking.The bread recipe looks easy so will try it someday soon, Would the recipe book be available and what would be the price. Marlyn Pruder

  2. Ingrid April 10, 2014, 7:29 am

    The cauliflower bread sounds interesting Vivian. Didn’t know it contains so many vitamins and minerals!
    When I was a little girl and very sick (nephritis), a homeopathic doctor advised my mother to give our whole family mostly raw vegetables and fruit to eat. Cauliflower was one of them. We had it grated, mixed with grated carrots and cabbage, and a dollop of mayonnaise. I liked it and I got better too, now I understand why.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 10, 2014, 9:01 am

      Ingrid, it sounds like your homeopathic doctor was ahead of his/her time!

  3. beryl spencer September 19, 2013, 9:41 am

    Is am 66have osteoporosis an 4 fractures in my spine my doctor put me on buprenorphine 5mcg 1 patch weekly f0r pain I have been on it now 1 year I do not want to be on this forever plus my appetite has gone told my doctor he said its not the patch told me to eat fatty foods ice cream cream cakes etc any advice much appreciate thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA September 19, 2013, 2:03 pm

      Beryl, I am so sorry to hear of your fracture. Remember, it’s your health and your decision – if you are not comfortable taking a drug, you have every right to decide not to take it anymore!

  4. selva beatriz August 26, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Thank you Vivianne, for the very good recipes.
    I would like to elaborate the almonds butter
    Thanks so much
    Beatriz

  5. Roberta May 30, 2013, 7:24 am

    I made the cauliflower bread. Very tasty but more like a pancake. I am looking for a better bread substitute.

  6. Helen May 26, 2013, 11:29 am

    I would like to print the cauliflower recipe. How can I just print the recipe without printing all of the other information?

    • Sylvia May 26, 2013, 2:18 pm

      Hi Helen,

      If you have MSWord on your computer you can “copy” the recipe by highlighting the recipe, then right click your mouse and click on “copy”. Open the Word program (or other “text” program) right click your mouse in a “new document” and click on “paste”. Name and save the file to a location on your computer that you will remember. You can print as desired. (I “save” everything to my “desktop” then move the file afterwards.)
      Good luck.

  7. Winifred May 25, 2013, 7:54 pm

    I was shocked to see that you state that Calaflower is a good source for bone health. Several years ago my endocrinologist told me that raw colaflower keeps you from absorbing Calcium! I’m not say you are wrong but now I don’t know who is right!

  8. Jane May 22, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Thank you Vivienne for the wonderful recipe! I’m a vegan so tried it without eggs – I just used a few spoons of extra ground flaxseed soaked in water instead and they turned out fine – really delicious. I don’t usually eat cauliflower as I consider it a ‘boring’ vegetable, but didn’t realise how healthy it is. I spread houmos and avocado slices on my ‘bread’ – delicious.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 23, 2013, 3:29 pm

      Jane, you are so right – cauliflower can easily seem “boring” until you really look into how healthy it is! I am so glad you tried the recipe – finding new ways to use healthy foods helps keep the “boring” at bay! :)

  9. Roberta May 22, 2013, 9:23 am

    I love the idea of cauliflower as bread. I am always looking for substitutes for grains.

  10. Myrna May 21, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Hi Vivian,

    Thank you so much for sharing us healthy information and thank you for the Save our Bones Program. It helps a lot

  11. Daphne May 20, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Thank you for all the good info. I love the site.

  12. LynnCS May 20, 2013, 1:57 am

    Such great information about the cauliflower. I often buy one and forget it in the back of the fridge. Look what I’m missing. Great report and recipe. Thanks, Lynn

  13. Philomena May 18, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Thank you so very much Vivian, for the cauliflower bread receipe and details for bone health. Blessingsxxph

  14. Edith May 18, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Thank you Vivian for sharing your recipes. I always try them, I tried the cauliflower bread, not bad at all! very interesting.

  15. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) May 18, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Your Cauliflower Bread Sounds Delicious! Thank You VERY MUCH For Sharing The Recipe With Us.

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)

  16. Goldie Davis May 17, 2013, 9:22 pm

    I would like to try Cauliflower bread but can’t get Flaxseed
    meal but can get ground flax, would using that be O.K.
    Thanks for all your helpful news letters I share them with a friend.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 18, 2013, 7:10 am

      Yes, ground flax seed and flax meal are the same thing. :)

  17. Christine May 17, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I love the idea of cauliflower bread.
    Do I need flax meal? Should I substitute something else? Or can I omit it?

  18. Alma McNamara May 17, 2013, 9:12 am

    I will make the cauliflower bread….
    Do you have any thoughts on taking Celebrex for arthritis?

  19. jana May 17, 2013, 6:22 am

    Thank’s Vivian . That cauliflower bread sounds interesting. I will definitely try it Jana

  20. Vivienne S May 17, 2013, 1:06 am

    Thank-you so much for this, Vivian!!! (And for all your great information and ideas :))
    You are very generous!
    I’m severely gluten-intolerant, to the point that I cannot tolerate any grains whatsoever, including the ‘gluten’free’ ones like rice and corn. Apparently all grains contain some form of gluten. So any grain-free baking ideas are always a god-send!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 18, 2013, 7:09 am

      Vivienne, I am so glad that you enjoy all the information and ideas! You are most welcome – but I thank you, too, and others in the Save Our Bones community who participate and contribute. :)

  21. Chuck S May 16, 2013, 10:52 pm

    Somebody – maybe Vivian – had a recipe for mashed cauliflower – like mashed potatoes.

    A bit off – I found that cabbage works well as a substitute for pasta. I cut it into slices, boil it, and put spaghetti sauce on top. The first time, maybe also have pasta in case somebody doesn’t like the cabbage. I make both because I don’t have enough cabbage. I’ve also used brown rice. People have also used spaghetti squash.

    • Evol May 19, 2013, 3:36 am

      hi Chuck, use millet and cauliflower for a mashed potato substitute.

    • Chuck S May 16, 2013, 10:53 pm

      You can also chop up veggies and put them into the sauce.

  22. David B May 16, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I have always understood that flax seed oil is very fragile and should be refrigerated or it will soon become rancid and is “damaged” at temperatures above 120 or so. Would this not be so for the oil in the flax meal too?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 17, 2013, 8:12 pm

      David, the oils in grains, nuts, and seeds are even more unstable when they are ground into flour or meal. So if you keep flax seeds in the refrigerator, it would make sense to do the same with flax meal. :)

  23. Neville May 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Cauliflower is also a great substitute for rice. I just blitz it for a few seconds in food processor until it is in very small pieces (or it can be grated), then cook in a fry pan with some olive oil (or butter if you prefer) and some salt. Goes well with curries, stews etc. and is bone healthy.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 17, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Great idea, Neville!

  24. Pearl May 16, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I would like to make your cauliflower bread but don’t eat any animal products. Can anyone suggest something to use instead of eggs? I live in the country of South Africa so would welcome a variety of ideas if possible, as some things may not be available here.

    • annette May 16, 2013, 9:46 pm

      Flax USA also has many other recipes on their website as well. ope it works for you.

    • annette May 16, 2013, 9:45 pm

      1 talblespoon of ground flax seed combined with 3 tablespoons of water is the equivalent to 1 egg in recipes. I found this on a package of ground flax seed from a company called Flax USA. I works great. I have used it in muffin recipes.

  25. shula May 16, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Great information about cauliflower.

    Thanks – shula

  26. mollie May 16, 2013, 11:08 am

    I have arthritis in my fingers. I would like to know what I am lacking in my diet. It is quite painful!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 16, 2013, 1:18 pm

      I understand, Mollie (and other contributors who have this issue) – arthritis can be very painful! In most cases, arthritis is either caused by too much accumulation of acid residue in the joints (mainstream medicine confuses this with “aging”), or it could be caused by something else. But it’s aggravated by too much acid accumulation. We have found that many in the Save Our Bones community experience relief from arthritis when on the program. Even though it’s specifically for bone health, reducing acid residue and bringing the proper acid/alkaline balance to the body is precisely what the Save Our Bones Program is designed to do! :)

  27. Terry May 16, 2013, 10:57 am

    Vivian this is great! I’ve been looking for that little something to go with…. you know, that something with a salad, or spaghetti (which I use Quinoa instead of noodles). This is something I will definitely try. Thanks for the reminder about Cauliflower. I always loved it raw but couldn’t get through it before it went bad. Now, I can make bread. Waiting patiently for your recipe book knowing that when it’s ready you’ll let us all know about it. Thank you for your diligence that makes my life easier!! Hugs!!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 16, 2013, 12:56 pm

      Terry, I bet this bread would be very good with spaghetti – great idea! And using quinoa instead of spaghetti noodles is quite creative. :) !

  28. David May 16, 2013, 8:43 am

    Is flax meal just flax seeds ground up or something different.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 16, 2013, 12:53 pm

      You’re right, David – flax meal is just ground flax seeds. So if you want to, you can make it yourself from whole seeds. :)

    • Barbara Achauer May 16, 2013, 9:30 am

      How do I buy your Receipe Book (least expensive) without buying on the internet? some info. please. thanks

      I have arthritis in the lower back & it really hurts 24/7 as I did mulching last week. Any suggestions what to eat, drink,or do other than take tramadol that my doctor prescribed??? I also use the heating pad now & then – good or bad? thank you.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 16, 2013, 12:53 pm

        Stay tuned, Barbara! We will let the Save Our Bones community know when the cookbook is released!

      • Diane May 16, 2013, 10:37 am

        I haven’t heard that the cookbook is out yet, is it?

        • Terry May 16, 2013, 11:17 am

          Not yet.

          • Marlyn pruder September 22, 2014, 5:18 pm

            I DID NOT KNOW THAT YOU HAD A COOKBOOK,PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT THE COST would be and is it still available.Iam having trouble with Carple Tunnel in my left hand from a fall in January .I will see the doctor next month see what can be done to help get the feeling in my hand. I am thinking to try the cauliflour bread someday soon.

          • Customer Support September 23, 2014, 8:39 am

            Hi Marlyn,
            Thanks for your interest in Bone Appetit! You can get the details here:

            http://saveourbones.com/bone-appetit/

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