Some of the best breast cancer fighting foods may already be in your home kitchen! These common foods are often overshadowed by superfoods from far off places. Though they are common, they rank as some of the best foods you can eat for breast cancer prevention.

1. Cabbage

Cabbage is high in plant chemicals known as glucosinolates. These important phytochemicals can help our bodies detoxify cancer-causing substances, keep estrogen levels in balance, and stop cancerous cells from growing. Cabbage can add great texture to your meals. When raw, it adds a nice fresh crunch. Cooked, it is silky and warm. Try using raw cabbage as a topping on fish tacos. Cooked cabbage is great in soups.

2. Carrots

Carrots contain high levels of the powerful plant chemicals called carotentoids. Carotenoids can help prevent breast cancer by stopping the growth of cancer cells and by improving our immune system. To get more carrots in your diet, try adding shreds to your salads. Shreds can be created by using a peeler or grater.

3. Spinach

Spinach is high in folate, a vitamin used in the creation and repair of DNA. Damage to your DNA is a reason many of us develop cancer. Getting the right amount of folate will help ensure that any DNA damage is successfully repaired. Spinach is great for salads and fresh juices. Another easy way to add spinach to your diet is by tossing a large handful into your morning smoothie. You won’t even taste it!

4. Sardines 

Sardines are high in Omega-3 fats, yet low in environmental contaminants such as mercury and PCBs. Omega-3 fats help lower breast cancer risk by reducing any unnecessary inflammation in your body. Inflammation can be caused by several things including illness, stress, over-exercise, pollution, and obesity. Sardines make a great snack on whole grain crackers or toast.

5. Black Beans

Black beans are an excellent source of fiber, a nutrient necessary for breast cancer prevention. Fiber helps our bodies get rid of unnecessary estrogen. After estrogen has performed its function, we want it to leave our body. Excess of estrogen can lead to breast cancer. The dark hue of black beans is an indication they contain high levels of antioxidants – another reason they can help fight breast cancer.









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I  caved… I’m letting my husband guest post on Breast Cancer Defense.

But for good reason. He’s perfected a delicious, healthy desert recipe I can’t get enough of!

Even better, these almond butter balls only take a few minutes of hands on time to prepare and are fulfilling enough to satisfy any dessert craving. I think they taste like brownies, but I’ll let you be the judge.

Enter “The Hus”…


Hello ladies. (:

I guess it’s a privilege to guest post on Breast Cancer Defense. I’ve been begging Natalie for months to let me contribute.

She obliged under the stipulation I keep PG Rated, which is hard to do when posting a “ball” recipe.

I whip these up once or twice a week, while Natalie is getting little Halle ready for bed. By the time Halle’s sleeping and Natalie comes downstairs the dishes are cleaned and dessert is prepared.

While I don’t have the sweet tooth Natalie has, we both agree these chocolate almond butter balls are delicious.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 1/3 Cup of almond butter
  • 2 Inches of a banana
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Cocoa or  raw Cacao (we use raw cacao)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon of Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cacao Nibs (optional)


  1. Add the ingredients into a small mixing bowl
  2. Mash together with the back of a spoon. The cocoa powder will take a minute or two to work itself in. It’s well worth  the effort to have the mixture soak up the cocoa powder entirely.
  3. Form into balls and put on a plate, see picture above. (Tip: Lick fingers and if nobody is looking, lick bowl.)
  4. Freeze for 20 minutes
  5. Devour!



Enter Natalie…

Well that’s it. Pretty simple, right? Let me know in the comments what you think about this recipe.

I find it so much easier when I have a sweet tooth to have simple ingredients on hand to make a sweet treat. This way, I can control what goes into the recipe and how much I eat.

Thank you “Hus” for contributing your tasty recipe. Love you!

If you like RJ’s writing (I’m not sure why) he blogs about life insurance and home insurance (exciting stuff…) at The Insurance Protection Blog

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Vita-A-MEN! Red Juice

July 4, 2013

Can I get an “Amen” for this juice?! That’s how I feel after drinking it! Green juice is all the rage right now, but what about red juice? I think it just may be the new green, but who am I to say. Haha I am just kidding. I still love green juice, but this […]

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