Simple Save Your Breasts Salad
It isn’t the prettiest dish I’ve made but it sure is powerful. Think about it. A salad that actually can fight and suppress cancer cells. I combined three top cancer fighters, broccoli sprouts, garlic and walnuts in one salad. It is simple, tasty and loaded with three top cancer-fighters.
Let’s start with the miraculous broccoli plant. Broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphan which appears to target breast cancer stem cells. This has been demonstrated in a test tube. But how does this translate to eating broccoli sprouts? A study was done on women who were getting a breast reduction (so there would be breast tissue to test after the surgery). The women drank broccoli sprout juice prior to surgery. And do you know what they found out? The sulforaphan made it’s way to the breast tissue! So simply by eating broccoli sprouts, you can get the benefit of sulforaphan.
Why sprouts? Can you just eat broccoli? Yes, broccoli has sulforaphan. But cooking (without chopping and letting it rest for 45 minutes) destroys the sulforaphan. You could make this salad with fresh chopped broccoli and get the benefits of sulforaphan but broccoli sprouts have a much higher concentration.
Dr. Greger of Nutrition Facts keeps broccoli sprouting in a rotation so that he always has fresh sprouts. In the picture above, you can see sprouts at 12 hours, 2 days and 4 days, which I used for the salad. Broccoli sprouts are extremely easy to grow. Just soak the seeds overnight, drain and then do a quick rinse and drain twice a day. It has become an easy routine around our house.
The main star in this salad is broccoli sprouts. But why not really pump up this salad with the addition of the top cancer-fighting vegetable, garlic! And while we are at it, lets throw in some walnuts because they, too are top cancer fighters.
I use raw garlic in this salad because it is most powerful in that form. If you remove the center of the raw garlic (see how here: garlic) it will take some of the bite out of raw garlic. Also, letting it sit for 10 minutes helps, too.
Walnuts also have great cancer-fighting properties. Did you know that 25 walnuts have the same amount of vitamin C as 100 oranges? (Source NutritionFacts.org). So, they are a perfect base for the dressing. Plus broccoli and walnuts really love each other, in terms of flavor. Throw a little fresh ground flax seed on the top and you get even more of a boost!
To balance out the dressing, I used raisins. You can use other sweeteners if you wish. Just sweeten to taste. Coconut sugar, stevia, etc. could all work but I wanted to stick with the whole food theme of this recipe. Also, if you are using stevia, do some research. There are some that are not great as they are full of additives and highly refined.
I hope you enjoy the salad. Here’s to breast health!
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- 2 cups broccoli sprouts (you can buy seeds here: Broccoli Seeds)
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons raisins (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 4 grinds fresh ground pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed
- Place broccoli sprouts in bowl.
- Place walnuts, raisins, garlic cloves and water in high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Pour over broccoli sprouts and toss. Top with ground flax seed.