Broccoli salad is easy to make and it’s packed full of calcium, and fiber. For most people, raw vegetables give them bloating or gas. This recipe uses blanched broccoli to aid in digestion.
Fitness Tips : Bodybuilders and athletes eat high amounts of raw vegetables to keep their carbs down and their fiber up. They also use digestive enzymes to help them break down the large amounts of vegetables they are consuming. Without it, they are a gassy mess, and their 6 packs are covered in bloat. Use this fitness tip if you are consuming large amounts of vegetables in your daily routine.
- 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 pound of florets). I use the prepackaged florets from Trader Jo’s to cut down on time.
- 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (optional)
- 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon. I opt for turkey bacon without nitrates and extra additives.
- 1/4 cup of red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed (or fresh peas if you can get them) – optional
- 1 cup vegannaise or mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Cranberries (optional)
Instructions on Low Carb Paleo Broccoli Salad
Start a pot boiling. Add the broccoli once the water is ready. Boil for 1 -2 minutes with 1 teaspoon of salt. I like my broccoli cooked a little more so I shoot for the 2 minute mark. Drain broccoli and throw it into a bath of ice water to stop the cooking. Over cooked broccoli will get mushy. You can also opt to do raw veggies and skip this whole step.
Next, mix the broccoli florets, almonds, crumbled bacon, chopped onions, and peas in a large serving bowl. In another bowl, whisk together your vegannaise or mayonnaise, cider vinegar and honey. Add dressing to broccoli mixture and toss well. Chill thoroughly before serving.
Fitness Tips : For additional cleansing properties, add cranberries to help flush the kidneys. They also add more antioxidants.
Nutrition Facts (This is without dried cranberries)
Makes 6 Servings
Fat: 20 grams
If you choose to cut the vegannaise in half, you will cut the calories to 250 and the fat to 14.8 (carbs and protein stay the same). You can also opt to use light vegannaise of mayonnaise.
This is a great recipe to have on hand for family functions, parties, or on the go snacks. Add chicken or other protein to this salad and you have a full meal! Feel free to leave comments and feed back on how you liked this recipe. Don’t forget to download the “Fit Tip Daily” App for Android and Apple, if you haven’t already!