There is an adage which goes "you are what you eat." This adage is indeed very true and may explain why there is pandemic of obesity and diabetes in America. It also explains why medical costs are skyrocketing and why the nation has the highest disability rate in history. In a very real way, we are now witnessing an entire nation committing slow suicide. A self-induced genocide, if you will, and there is no one to blame but the person staring back at you in the mirror each day.
Eat these food items at least once a week and you may live long enough to witness the Chicago Cubs win a world series and the birth of an honest politician (okay, that may be pushing it!).
- They are NOT a nut! Almonds are a fruit (botanically speaking).
- Almonds are considered one of the better food items for men to munch on as not only are they considered an aphrodisiac, they contain the nutritional elements which can greatly reduce the possibility of prostate cancer and guys, this means your sex life!
- In studies, almonds have been shown to lower cholesterol levels as much as 9% and lower cholesterol means a healthier heart!
- 1/4 cup of almonds contain more protein than an egg and protein is your friend!
- The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that a regular diet containing bananas can reduce the risk of a stroke by 40% -- can't get better odds in Las Vegas.
- Bananas are a great food product to lose weight. Due to the fact they contain an incredible amount of fiber, when they enter your stomach the fruit "expands" thus giving you a full feeling
- Potassium! Potassium! Potassium!
- Loaded with the all-important B vitamins, bananas help protect you from problems dealing with high blood pressure which, in turn, means lowering your chances of having a heart attack.
- There are many nutrition nerds who claim beans are the perfect food. For once, these people may be correct!
- Beans are loaded with fiber, iron (guys, iron equates to steel and steel equates to hard - get the drift?), magnesium and certain B complexes -- these are all important and the chances are you're not getting enough in your current diet.
- Beans, all varieties, are little bombs of thiamine and recent studies are showing some important breakthroughs along these lines with Alzheimer's disease.
- Here is a good thing for lazy cooks, beans are just as healthy from a can (just rinse them) as they are fresh!
- Make up your own "bean fart jokes" but this is caused from their incredible amounts of protein and protein is good for you so eat beans and "fart" for many more years!
- When I was going to culinary academy in France one of the Chef's referred to blueberries as "the atomic bomb of nutrition." French Chef's are never wrong and they will tell you that constantly!
- These little blue spheres of juice are loaded with vitamin C and resveratrol - two elements which make blueberries one of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can pop in your mouth.
- Recent medical studies are showing that a diet rich in blueberries can possibly reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease and hepatitis C.
- Eat your blueberries and you'll pee better too. Yep, they naturally cure urinary infections!
- How many times did your mother yell at you "eat your broccoli?" Remember, Mom's always knows best! And mom knew that 1 simple cup of broccoli gives you 150% of your daily need of vitamin C! Yo, Mom's rock!
- Incredible as it may seem, but broccoli has actually been proven as a cancer cell development blocker (this also goes for cauliflower, cabbage and the other vegetables known as "cruciferous").
- Don't like getting sick? Hate the flu and colds? Well, not only are you normal but you should eat your broccoli as it will help build a very strong immune system and it is your immune system which "knocks the crap" out of illnesses.
- Garlic is the culinary equal to God (or whomever may be your higher deity of choice).
- Garlic, basically, cures or fights any and everything except bad breath (which is why there is parsley).
- Garlic: Eat it! Bathe in it! Relish it! Make love to it (and please post that video on YouTube)!
A few years ago I was asked, as part of a charitable event, to create an anti-cancer dinner. Among the items on the menu were seafood, whole grain products, a wonderful assortments of dishes featuring organic berries and this salad. Every ingredient in this salad is a known cancer fighter. It is called the Cruciferous Salad due to the fact the main components of the salad are raw cruciferous vegetables: fresh broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, not only are cruciferous vegetables known to fight cancer, they also have the ability to stop the growth of some cancer cells.
Though this dish is considered a salad, it can be used as a side-dish and I often serve this at home as an entree (dinner salad). It can be made ahead of time (add the whole basil leaves just before serving) and is very inexpensive to prepare. As far as the vinaigrette for this salad, I use a simple raspberry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, both products which are also known as cancer fighters.
I truly hope you or your loved ones are never affected by this evil incarnate known as cancer and I truly hope you make this dish a part of your long and healthy life!
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Ingredients needed to make the Cruciferous Salad (serves 2 as an entree):
- 1 head broccoli, separated into florets
- 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets
- 8 Brussels sprouts, shredded
- 1 baby sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- basil leaves, fresh and whole (as many as you want)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbs. raspberry vinegar
- Place all the vegetable into a large bowl and toss to combine.
- In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil and raspberry vinegar to emulsify (bring together)
- Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss.
- Let the salad sit at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving.
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