What exactly is a “cancer-fighting” food? Well, it’s any food that promotes healthier overall cell function, which can reduce cancer cell growth. The food we eat breaks down into macronutrients and micronutrients which provide fuel for our cells. While all cells need fuel to function, certain fuels have properties that can help fight cancer.
This recipe features wild-caught salmon—one of the best sources of healthy fat that produces the least amount of toxic byproducts. Our cell membranes are made up of fat, so the intake of healthy fat leads to healthy cell membranes. “Good” fat improves the external barrier of each cell, preventing harmful molecules from entering and promoting the proper excretion of waste products. This antioxidant-rich fish is also high in protein, B vitamins, and potassium.
- 1 pound wild-caught salmon
- ¼ cup basil, chopped
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon hemp seeds, shelled
- 1 clove garlic
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the salmon filet on baking sheet.
- In a food processor, blend the basil, pine nuts, lemon juice, hemp seeds, garlic, olive oil, and salt.
- Spread the pesto evenly on the salmon filet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Top with extra pine nuts if desired, and serve warm or cold.
Maria Tripodis, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is the founder of Rebel Nutrition. Through evidence-based practice, she promotes healthy habits, balanced diets, and self-confidence to help clients feel empowered to move past barriers to reach optimal health.