Have Some More Broccoli!

Beautiful Broccoli
Beautiful Broccoli

For some reason, I don’t eat nearly as much broccoli as I could. Its nutritional benefits are well known, after all. Many nutritionists list broccoli among the top ten of nutrient-packed vegetables. A member of the cabbage family and high in vitamins C, A, and K, and minerals such as calcium and potassium, 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.

I came across this Broccoli Salad recently, and am committed to trying it soon. Will you join me?

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad 1This is a great dish to take to your next family get together or just to enjoy for lunches!  It keeps well in the refrigerator and the flavors just keep getting better!  This recipe will guarantee both adults and children to eat and enjoy lots of broccoli!

Broccoli Salad Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 c sunflower seeds
  • 1 tomato, diced

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pine nuts, substitute cashews that have been soaked at least 2 hours
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 C water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch Himalayan Sea Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

Broccoli Salad Instructions:

  1. Chop vegetables and mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a high speed blender, mix all dressing ingredients together until creamy and  smooth.

Optional Serving Suggestion : For some gourmet zing Top with Raw Eggplant Bacon or Raw Mushroom Bacon. Contact me if you’d like a recipe for one of those.

    Recipe adapted from Raw Food World

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