Bring on the cabbage, be two years younger

Savoy-Cabbage

You don’t have to walk around text messaging or saying “like” in every sentence to make yourself appear younger and more “hip.”

Dr. Oz, author of “You on a Diet” and a frequent visitor on the Oprah show, sent me an e-mail today (guess that means we are buddies.) He included some sure fire tips on how to stay young and vibrant. Simply make your meals more colorful with broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, arugula, watercress, radishes, bok choy, or cabbage, he suggested.

“They’re all part of the cruciferous family of vegetables. To botanists, that means they all have four-petaled flowers. To you, it means they can tickle your taste buds while adding vital health powers,” said the wizard of Ozland.

Unfortunately my favorite cabbage recipe calls for it to be boiled and shredded and mixed with mozzarella. (recipe is below)

Nevertheless, women who ate the most of these vegetables had scores on brain tests that were the same as those of women 2 years younger. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work for men as well.

Eat them regularly, and your brain could be 48 when the calendar says it’s 50. Botox can’t do that! Oz says to combine these with other ways he believes and make your brain younger — for instance, taking DHA (600 milligrams a day – what the heck is that anyway) and walking (30 minutes a day). They’ll all contribute to keeping your brainpower potent.  If anyone is taking DHA, I’d like to know where you get it.

Not a big fan of cruciferous veggies? Boo on you! But there’s another option: spinach. The big spinach eaters also had younger brains. Nutrients like lutein and folate, found abundantly in these foods, may be responsible for turning back the mental clock.
So eat up and don’t be surprised when you beat your kids at Scrabble.

My favorite cabbage recipe is one an old friend from Jackson used to make to bring to pot lucks – the first time I had it was on New Years Day so I named it as such. This is scrumptious and it was love at first bite

Tom’s New Year’s Cabbage Casserole

1 head cabbage cut up and cooked until tender

Salt to taste

1/2 stick butter

1 heaping tsp. flour

1 cup milk

1 cup mozzarella cheese

Make a cream sauce by melting the butter and adding the flour. Cook and stir untilw ell blended. Add milk slowly stirring constantly. Dump in the drained cabbage and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees. ! But I doubt Dr. Oz would approve. Hooey on him.

2 thoughts on “Bring on the cabbage, be two years younger

  1. Emily, as I’ve told you often, I’m NOT a cook, so how long should I bake this?? Elsie Massey

  2. Elsie – thanks for your kind comments about Daddy.

    I checked my recipe and it doesn’t say how long to cook the cabbage casserole. I cook it until the cheese begins to bubble – about 30 minutes. Sorry – didn’t notice which is why so many of my own culinary efforts fail. I’m not very keen on details!

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