It’s been so hot and humid for the last few days. Too hot to cook. Too hot to eat. So I made myself a smoothie with my brand new Vitamix Blender out of what I had on hand. Here is what I came up with on the spur of the moment!
Recipe: Greek Salad with Fresh Oregano
Greek salads, part of a heart healthy and anti-cancer Mediterranean diet are filled with greens, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, olive oil, nuts and a protein of your choice. Make this a vegan, vegetarian dish by adding beans or add grilled chicken breast or fish for a complete meal that you can put together in minutes. Oregano is a culinary herb with potent antioxidant activity and rich in essential oils that support normal digestive function as well as the plant phenols such as rosmarinic acid carvacrol known to be active against H. Pylori bacterial infections in the stomach, one of the primary causes of stomach ulcers.
Recipe: Cinnamon Poached Pears with Cashew Cream
This is really a guilt free nutritious dairy free, gluten free, cholesterol free vegan dessert! Enjoy!
Recipe: Hot and Spicy Blueberry Salsa
This fruity blueberry salsa is packed with super antioxidant cell protective phytochemicals and is a refreshing side dish to chicken and fish dishes or as a topping for quinoa.
Recipe: Refreshing Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie
Serve this icy cold, refreshing smoothie for a late afternoon summer snack. It is thirst-quenching and full of powerful antioxidants. It can also be frozen into popsicle molds for a nutritious, kid-friendly snack
Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Thyme Sorbet
Blueberries provide super antioxidant cell protection due the presence of pterostilbene and anthocyanadins. The addition of thyme containing the terpenoids rosmarinic acid and ursolic acid the support normal anti-inflammatory function. Blueberries not only have cancer-fighting but also memory supportive properties.
Recipe: Mango Avocado Arugula Salad
This is a tasty colorful salad made from ingredients containing a variety of plant antioxidants. There is a traditional saying in India “A Mango A Day Can Keep Cancer Away”. In modern times we know that mangos contain not only super antioxidant carotenoids, but also lupeol, a phytochemical that induces a process called apoptosis a process which turns on a self destruct switch in all cells, including cancer cells.
Recipe: Southwestern Quinoa, Black Bean and Avocado Salad
This Southwestern inspired salad is rich and textured and so nutritious it can serve as a meal in a bowl. Quinoa is often thought of as a grain, but it is really a seed that originated as a nutrient dense staple food of the Incas in the Andes Mountains of South America. Black beans are rich in iron, fiber and protein and avocados are a wonderful source of super antioxidants, healthy monounsaturated healthy fats and glutathione. Cilantro or fresh coriander leaves contribute not only flavor, but also cell protective super antioxidants beta carotene, quercitin and rutin.
Recipe: Cilantro Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds
I cannot imagine life without avocados. I grew up with 3 avocado trees in our backyard. Guacamole is made from avocados, one of the most nourishing cancer fighting foods along with the surprise of color and anti-oxidant filled pomegranate seeds.
Recipe: Chinese Restorative Blood Nourishing Stew
This nutrient rich restorative stew comes from the tradition of making therapeutic medicinal soups and stews with Chinese Tonic herbs. This stew is particularly rich in blood building herbs and foods. Included are Astragalus (Huang Qi) a potent Qi or Vitality Tonic traditionally used in many anti cancer formulas.
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