Eating for cancer prevention does not have to be an onerous task. It may sound off coming from a nutritionist but I really do my best to avoid recipes that have a laundry list of ingredients. Whole foods prepared simply is my mantra. And often I feel we miss the boat with our focus. We concern ourselves with the main dish and leave the fixings as an after thought. But here is the thing. The supporting casts in meal preparation can offer some of the greatest health benefits. Case in point. Take a look at this lunch.
Now I love my avocado toast. Avocados offer a host of health benefits such as healthy fats, fiber and potassium. But what I want you to focus on in this exercise are the add ons to the dish and how including such things on your plate really ups the anti cancer properties of a meal.
Fermented carrots and celery
Fermented vegetables are stars for gut health and nutrient absorption, both essential for cancer prevention. These fermented carrots and celery serve as both pre and probiotic foods. By adding fermented foods to your meal you are not only adding gut friendly foods you also are adding foods that actually help with the digestion of the rest of your meal.
Onions are another gut friendly food falling in to the prebiotic category. They are also amazing for liver support. Rich in allicin they aid your liver in its detoxification process.
Ground Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are rich in lignans which are fiber-related polyphenols. They contain Omega 3 fatty acids and they are a great source of antioxidants. Although we do naturally produce some antioxidants, our bodies rely a great deal upon dietary sources and antioxidants are a vital component of cancer prevention.
Himalayan salt offers trace minerals, helps in detoxification and may lower blood pressure. If you are a salt person definitely switching from table salt to this lovely pink gem is important.
So there you have it! In life we try not to sweat the small stuff. But in plating it could make the world of difference.