As Indians, we love aloo parathas with dollops of butter, eggs, bread, jam, milk, coffee or tea. Ever wondered the kind of calories that get into our system by having a breakfast of this nature? Switch over to a healthy alternative – blue cheese for the health benefits of blue cheese. It is a strongly flavoured cheese commonly used to make dressings and as a topping on burgers and salads, therefore it sounds and tastes good. Try it out. You will love it.
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Blue Cheese Health Benefits
This form of cheese gets its name owing to the blue streaks that come up during the aging process. Blue cheese has high levels of fat but it can also be used as a source of nutrition.
Packed with essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, retinol, sodium and zinc, one pound of blue cheese has 7 mg of magnesium, which strengthens bones. It also has Vitamin B-12, which aids in the proper function of the nervous system. A great source of protein, it is helpful in building strong cells, muscles, and organs in the body.
Weight Loss: Unlike dairy products that have fat content in them, blue cheese has very low calories. You have tried fruits for weight loss, you may have also tried various foods for weight loss. Try blue cheese to lose weight. It beneficial in your weight loss program.
Healthy Heart: The French have the lowest rate of cardiovascular diseases in the world. That’s because they take blue cheese regularly. This is what makes blue cheese as one of the best foods for the heart.
Anti Cellulite: While there are several home remedies for cellulite, try eating blue cheese, as it prevents the body from depositing fats in your body in the form of cellulite. That is why, when you incorporate it in your diet, you are on your way to knocking off stubborn cellulite. Good news for girls eager to lose cellulite on thighs and buttocks.
Anti Inflammatory: It is so easy to spot out the blue dots in the blue cheese. However, it is these dots that have high anti-inflammatory properties which help to keep the arteries clean and healthy. In the process, they help fight painful maladies such as arthritis as well.
Prevents Osteoporosis: Calcium intake is very important both for teenage girls and elderly women. Blue cheese has high calcium content that helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis during and after menopause.
Memory Booster: Blue cheese is wonderful food when it comes to building and enhancing memory. It is because this form of cheese stimulates the brain cells which make it particularly beneficial for growing kids
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Milk Proteins: Blue cheese is made by coagulating milk and thereafter ageing the cheese. Since it has very high amounts of milk proteins, it is recommended for muscle-building.
Recipe for Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing – Ingredients for 1 ¼ cups of dressing
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 minced garlic clove
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp minced parsley
- 2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
Method of Preparation
Pour buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and minced garlic into your food processor bowl. Process for about 5 seconds until it becomes smooth. Add the cheese and blend it. See to it that the cheese remains chunky. Pour it into an attractive serving bowl. If the sauce looks too thin, stir in the optional sour cream to get the required taste. Then stir in the parsley. Now it’s time to cover the preparation with plastic wrap for refrigeration for an hour at least. The refrigerated sauce will last you for up to 5 days.
Now without batting an eyelid, start indulging in blue cheese and smile away to good health.