Eating well is no longer an option. The deadliest modern diseases, like cancer, are directly linked to what’s on your plate; food is the single most effective way to protect yourself. While we’re still only beginning to understand the extent to which our food matters, we are making steps in the right direction. Salads are no longer little more than a garnish on the side of our plates; they’re being placed front and center where they belong. Countless textures, flavors, proteins can be added, turning any salad into hearty meals that, if regularly substituted for hamburgers and pizza, can literally save us from chronic illness, fatal diseases, premature aging, mental illness, and more.

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This post is adapted from an original article by DailyHealthPost.

EAT A CANCER-FIGHTING SALAD LIKE THIS EVERY DAY

Every ingredient in this super salad works to improve your health. (Remember, food is either working for you or against you). The dressing is free from dangerous trans-fats and adds a healthy dose of flavor and healing power. The four big superfoods – spinach, avocado, pecans, pomegranate seeds – are packed with vital nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. This is the way we should be eating every day. *Note: pomegranates are available for a limited time. If not available, use seasonal berries: blueberries, cherries, strawberries, or raspberries.


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Spinach: Almost zero calories yet loaded with antioxidants and literally ALL the vitamins and nutrients – protein and fiber, too! It’s basically the healthiest food on the planet. Not only does it fight cancer and every disease known to humans, it can keep your brain from turning to mush.*

Avocados: If anyone tells you avocados are too fatty and should be limited, don’t believe a word of that kind of nonsense. Healthy fat is essential, and avocados have the best of it. They’re the good guys: heal your heart, regulate cholesterol levels, treat and prevent high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, speed up wound healing, make you look more beautiful (collagen!), the list goes on.

Pecans: THE most antioxidant-packed tree nut. In the top 20 best antioxidants, of which Vitamin E is the key player. Protection from heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer. A handful a day stimulates weight loss!

Pomegranates: Three times as many antioxidants as wine or green tea! Also antiviral, antitumor. Good for anemia, diabetes, and digestive disorders. Anti-cancer and healthy heart-promoting, too!

SUPER ANTI-CANCER SPINACH AND AVOCADO SALAD

Serves: 1-2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 ½ cups organic spinach leaves
  • ½ sliced avocado
  • 1/3 cup organic cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup organic blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raw pecans
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until well combined.
  3. Drizzle the dressing on the salad and toss until everything is coated
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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*A large cohort study, The Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP), published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), shows that eating 2.8 servings of green leafy, yellow, and cruciferous vegetables every day can slow cognitive decline by as much as 40 percent.