We all know the food we eat has a huge impact on our health, so why are we eating meatball subs for lunch every day? Just me? Really? Ok. Well even if you’re not eating meatballs every day, but you can probably pack more of a healthy punch into you lunch. For me personally, I know I have a family history of cancer, so I need to incorporate more cancer fighting foods into my meals. I usually eat the same lunch most days, so why not make it as healthy and cancer kicking as possible?

Spinach

Organic spinach is widely regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the grocery store. It’s packed with antioxidants that kill free radicals and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Spinach is also a great source of folate, which reduces the risks of breast and lung cancer. It’s the prefect salad base.

Red Peppers

Red bell peppers are the big dogs of the pepper world. They have twenty times the beta carotene of other peppers and three times the vitamin C. They also taste really great, so there’s that.

Carrots

Over the past five years or so, a lot of research has been done on the cancer fighting properties of carrots, with some doctors thinking carrots can cure leukemia. Whether it’s the vitamin A, beta-carotene, carotenoids, or any combination of them, carrots are a salad no brainer.

Blueberries

Blueberries are ranked as having the highest antioxidant capabilities among fruits and vegetables. That means they are amazing and you need to eat them often. Oh yeah they also contain ellagic acids and polyphenols which have been shown to slow the growth of tumors.

Salmon

Wild Alaskan salmon is a great source of omega-3s, which has been shown to boost mood, ward off Alzheimer’s, fight depression, and protect against cancer. Try to include a few servings in your diet each week

Flaxseed

Another free radical fighter! Are you noticing a pattern here? Flaxseed is an excellent source of lignin, which is one of the strongest free radical fighters. Studies have shown flaxseeds lower the risk of developing breast, colon, and prostate cancer, so sprinkle some on your salad.

Dressing

Don’t wipe out the health benefits of this cancer fighting salad with a glob of ranch dressing. Using kitchen staples like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, and/or whatever spices you have in your pantry you can whip up a healthy dressing this salad deserves.