This post is to serve two purposes, my Dearies:
1. To enter the challenge that I call the DenLaz Challenge a.k.a Denise and Lazaro's contest requiring a dish made with avocado and feta cheese.
2. To remind or even inform you of the power of leafy greens, cabbage family plants, and orange/red colored veggies in reference to cancer and overall health!
Here are some study results that may shock you:
*Men who eat a regular diet of green vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli, can lower their risk of prostate cancer by 41 percent according to the Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
*Two large Harvard studies of more than 124,000 people showed a 32% reduction in the risk of lung cancer for those who consumed a variety of carotenoid-rich foods.
* Eating as little as three servings of raw cruciferous vegetables from the cabbage family per month has been found to decrease the risk of bladder cancer by an astonishing 40% according to researchers at the Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo (only 3 times a month)!
And Dr. Neal Barnard, a famous cardiologist and vegan, reveals to us how smokers truly show us the power of whole, organic greens and other foods in his book "Food For Life" when he states this:
"Smokers have provided dramatic demonstrations of the power of vegetables and fruits. A fifty five year old male smoker whose diet is low in Vitamin C has a one-in-four (25%) risk of dying of lung cancer in the next twenty five years. But if the smoker has a high intake of vitamin C, either through diet or supplements, his risk drops to 7 percent. People who quit smoking benefit from fruits and vegetables too. Researchers at the University of Texas found that former smokers who do not eat many vegetables and fruits are five and a half times more likely to develop throat cancer compared to ex-smokers who eat more fruits and vegetables."
New research has also come out showing that one's overall cancer risk can drop a whopping 50% automatically by simply eating more than 5 servings of cabbage family vegetables a week. I'm not going to site the study, as I can't find it now that I need it. But I encourage you to 'google' information on cancer and greens, cabbage family plants, carotenoids, and green tea. You will most likely be pleasantly surprised at what we can all easily and deliciously do for our health in reference to cancers! And I'm not even going to go into how voraciously powerful diet is in reference to Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes...
Vegan Avocado Dressing
2 Whole Avocados
1/2-1 tsp. Sriracha (hot sauce)
3-4 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Cilantro
Squeeze of lemon
1/2-3/4 Tsp. Salt
Place above ingredients in a food processor and whirl in order to get the most delicious & creamy vegan dressing ever! Be sure to serve this dressing over salad with a side of lemon or lime-it adds tang!