Breast Cancer Awareness – Reduce Your RiskTip #3 – Eat Your Protection

3. Consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Eat seven or more servings daily. The superstars for breast cancer protection include all cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower) ; dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach) ; carrots and tomatoes. The superstar fruits include citrus, berries and cherries. Note: it is best to eat cruciferous vegetables raw or lightly cooked, as some of the phytochemicals believed to offer protection against breast cancer are destroyed by heat.

I find getting lots of fruit into “The Beasties” is easy, same for spinach (try this no-prep Trader Joes Cookbook recipe for spinach lasagna), broccoli, carrots and toms, but some of the others are a struggle.

I LOVE cabbage and brussel sprouts, so was delighted to see them on the list, but my family acts like I’m suggesting ingesting raw sewage, do you have a great (especially if it’s kid approved) recipe you’d like to share?

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I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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11 Responses to Breast Cancer Awareness – Reduce Your RiskTip #3 – Eat Your Protection

  1. amphomma says:

    Thanks for sharing this! As for cabbage, the only meager suggestion I have (that makes me want to make it now!) is for using it shredded in a stir-fry with carrots, onions, ground pork, soy sauce, pepper, and tons of garlic. I eye up my seasonings and cook the veggies down a bit in the pan before adding the pork. It’s pretty simple but the cabbage blends in well and complements the other ingredients. Of course it’s easy to switch in or out your veggies of choice! Brussels sprouts: I’ve never prepared them myself, but I know my dad loves them with garlic and butter, and I think he either pan fries them or roasts them. Thanks for reminding me to be more adventurous and inclusive with veggies. We get stuck in ruts!

    • sunnysleevez says:

      Oh I know it’s so easy to find yourself just doing the same meals over and over, I love it when I get nudged to do something different, haven’t had a stir fry for ages, dinner for tonight sorted thanks!

  2. Lynette says:

    Love your blog. We love this recipe for brussel sprouts, while it doesn’t meet the criteria of ‘low-heat’, its still yummy!

  3. yourothermotherhere says:

    Good advice, but sorry, no recipes. You can always try something with bacon, but that kind of defeats the purpose of the veggies.

  4. ciao! oven 350
    rinse brussel sprouts-do not dry
    place on an oven pan
    drizzle with olive oil
    sprinkle with maldon salt or sea salt
    roast for 30 minutes

  5. abichica says:

    these are great tips… i feel like most people do not really know much about this month.. Thanks for sharing these.. :-).. and i posted something about breast cancer.. 🙂

  6. jeantyc says:

    I’m not good with eating vegetables regularly, however I do have a bowl of grapes for breakfast

  7. arlene1027 says:

    I am a cancer survivor and I am looking for some anti-oxidant food that would help… nice thing you have this blog. BTW, thanks for following mine!

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