Tag Archive | breast cancer prevention

The Broccoli Theory

I know that cruciferous vegetables are good for you. I even know that they have anti-cancer properties, but I had no idea that the risk of death from breast cancer is actually cut in half by eating them. And it appears that you only need to eat one serving a day. That seems so easy!

And yet…

I do not do this. I am lucky to eat one serving a week of cruciferous vegetables (and that’s being generous in my estimation). I just tend to gravitate to other veggies. Clearly that needs to change! Read Dr. Gregor’s recent report on cruciferous veggies and breast cancer here.

So you might be wondering: what exactly constitutes a cruciferous vegetable? Most people think of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage right off the bat, but here is the most comprehensive list I could find on the Internet (source):

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Daikon radish
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Land cress
  • Mustard greens
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

Of course, some of these I have never even heard of, but certainly there are a lot more options than I thought. One serving a day… I can do this!

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Another recommendation came through for me for the use of my blueberries, so tonight I made Ann Esselstyn’s (yes, wife of the famed doctor) Easy Blueberry Muffins. Ethan proclaimed, “these muffins are delicious!!!” And they are! (Or were…) I guess I’ll make another batch tomorrow. 🙂

If you are newer plant based eater, you may not have all the ingredients on hand, but luckily, I did! The only thing I substituted was almond milk for the oat milk. And it said 1/3 cup (or less) of a sweetener, so I used a 1/4 cup of honey and that was plenty sweet for us.

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IMDb: The Broccoli Theory (1996)

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Wholly Guacamole

I was so excited to hear on CBS This Morning (Saturday) an article about breast cancer prevention. I was even more excited when they included “eating a mostly plants based diet” as part of their recommendations.  (Ok, so I would have personally removed the word “mostly”, but in general, this is a huge step towards cancer prevention… and other disease prevention.  Word is starting to get out!)  I tried to find a link to the report but haven’t been able to find it.  I will keep looking and will post it if/when I do locate it.

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New recipe!  At the recommendation of a friend, I tried a Sweet Pea Guacamole recipe today. This one is from the Happy Herbivore Light & Lean Cookbook and it was delicious.  It’s pretty easy to make… a cup of peas, an avocado, and a variety of seasonings (vegan Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, onion / garlic powder, hot sauce, cilantro) to taste.  In the blender or food processor until smooth.

Here’s a link to a similar recipe:  http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Sweet_pea-Guacamole-My-Recipes

I like to eat my guacamole with the Way Better Snacks brand of tortilla chips!  Their chips are made with sprouted grains and all natural ingredients.  Love them!

guacamole

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Wholly Guacamole (2012) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357483/