Broccoli Raisin Salad

Proof that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be a success. A member of the cabbage family and high in vitamins C, A, and K, and minerals such as calcium,  potassium, and sodium. It also contains the disease-fighting phytonutrients know as flavonoids. It improves digestion and heart health It is also a well-known cancer discourager and detoxifier.

Even without its many nutritional benefits, it’s worth eating more broccoli just for its ability to help rid our bodies of the toxic substances that we absorb. Toxins abound in our food, water, and air, and every day we are exposed so many of them that ability of our bodies to fight the systemic inflammation that they cause ends up in overdrive. This is not a good thing, as it weakens the body’s ability to detox.  If our liver, skin, and other organs are unable to keep up with the toxic load, those toxins remain at large throughout the whole body.  This buildup of toxins damages our DNA and leads to oxidative stress.  Over time, this damage can lead to development of diseases and cancer.

1 large crown of broccoli, cut into small pieces
1 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs olive oil
3 carrots, coarsely grated
1 red onion, finely diced
1 tomato, chopped
5 sundried tomatoes, cut into small pieces
1 apple, cubed
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbs lemon juice

  1. Coat the broccoli with salt and olive oil, to soften it.
  2. Add the other fruits and vegetables to the broccoli.
  3. Sprinkle the raisins and sunflower seeds on the salad.
  4. Dress with lemon juice, and toss thoroughly.

 

From Raw Food: A complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day, by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja

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