I first saw a bag of Dole Broccoli slaw in the Food Lion produce aisle, about two years ago. I decided to try it, and it was love at first bite. Regular Cole slaw has cabbage, carrots, and some versions have red cabbage. Broccoli slaw is made with shredded broccoli (replacing lettuce), carrots and red cabbage. I find broccoli slaw to be a crispy, crunchy raw food, that is a keeper in more ways than one.
Broccoli and cabbage, along with cauliflower are crucifer vegetables, those whose stems resemble a cross/crucifix. Crucifer vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They have antioxidants which fight against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Although not cruciferous, carrots are also rich in nutrition.
Raw foods retain all of their nutrients because none are lost during cooking. And unlike lettuce which wilts pretty quickly, broccoli, carrots and cabbage last a lot longer. I have found that broccoli slaw out lasts lettuce by several weeks. This saves money, because I can utilize an entire bag of broccoli slaw without throwing any away.
I now have replaced lettuce with broccoli slaw on my salads, and sandwiches. This includes BLT(Bacon lettuce tomato). Perhaps I should I rephrase that to BBT for Broccoli slaw, bacon and tomato sandwich. I also often crunch and munch on broccoli slaw as a replacement for potato chips.
Another benefit of broccoli slaw, is that it had 3 different colored vegetables in the mix. It is important to eat vegetables of varied hues, because they all have different health benefits. Red vegetables, and fruits, include beets, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and red cabbage.
These fruits and veggies are rich in the antioxidants lycopene, which promotes eye health, and anthocyanins, which may prevent oxidation in the body, that may lead to cancer. Some red cabbage looks more purple. Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants, which may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and destroy cancer cells.
Orange and Yellow vegetables, like carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A improves night vision, and also helps keep bones and teeth strong and skin healthy. Broccoli is a green vegetable, which makes it important for the health of bones, teeth and eyes. The vitamin K in broccoli and other green vegetables, helps blood to clot properly.