Research is being done on hundreds of fronts about what might help to prevent or cure breast cancer, and one that is showing definite promise is the addition of sea vegetables to our diets.
Thanks to their blend of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, sea vegetables like spirulina are believed to influence estrogen production and, over time, reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. One of my favorite nutrition resources for whole foods, WHfoods, has a lot more reading about the topic.
While research continues to be done, we can build sea vegetables into our diet as there are confirmed health benefits to doing so. Spirulina has more antioxidant activity than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and 3900% more beta carotene than carrots. Spirulina is also a vegan source of complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids.
This recipe for Spirulina Broccolini is a great way to introduce spirulina into our diets as a delicious side dish. It uses broccolini, otherwise known as broccoli rabe or broccoli rab, or even broccoli rob, which is a member of the very healthy broccoli family. If you cannot find the broccolini, broccoli substitutes in just fine.
SPIRULINA BROCCOLINI with BLUE CHEESE
1 pound of broccoli rabe (aka broccolini)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder, like Sari Foods 100% Pure Organic Spirulina Powder
1/4 cup water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup blue cheese
Warm the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Add the broccoli and saute for a few minutes, until the broccoli just starts to get crispy and lightly browned. Add the water and let the majority steam off (about 5 minutes).
When just a light coating of water remains on the bottom of the pan, put on a lid and cook for another 5 minutes or so - until the broccoli becomes tender.
Remove the broccoli from the heat and squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon onto it. Then sprinkle everything with the blue cheese and serve
This is a great side dish to chicken dinners, and works well over a bed of wild rice as well.
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