Thursday, January 6, 2011

Broccoli Smoothie


Broccoli was developed in Italy and is well established as one of the major anti-cancer foods. Over the past 20 years, numerous studies have concluded again and again that people who eat an abundance of broccoli have fewer cancers of the colon, breast, cervix, lungs, prostate, esophagus, larynx, and bladder. Broccoli contains indoles, which can help inactivate harmful estrogens that can promote the growth of tumors, sulforaphane, which stimulates cells to produce cancer-fighting enzymes, and beta-carotene, another cancer fighter.

Broccoli contains some 3% of protein (calorie for calorie, it has more protein than a steak) and is one of the richest vegetable sources of calcium, iron and magnesium. Moreover, broccoli is very rich in vitamins A and C, exceeding even oranges in the concentration of the latter.

I thought we had better get this amazing food into the Vita-Mix - and pronto!

fresh broccoli, kiwi, apple, raspberries, a squeeze of lime, bee pollen & flax seed

the little girls thought it tasted pretty good

I liked the smoothie, but I will keep playing with the ingredients. I'd like to add green grapes in place of the raspberries next time.

Love, Mara

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