3 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons potato flakes or arrowroot
1 tablespoon vegan chicken-style seasoning
1 teaspoon onion salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 bunch broccoli
1 large onion
1 cup raw cashews (pre-soak 1-2 hours)
Cut one bunch of fresh broccoli into medium pieces for easy blending. (May save some florets for garnishing). Wait 40 minutes before you steam it for the sulforophane to accumulate (if you are interested in broccoli’s maximal anti-diabetic and cancer-fighting potential).
Chop the onion into medium pieces.
Blend the cashews with 1 ½ cups of water until very smooth.
Steam the broccoli and onion.
Add the steamed broccoli/onion mixture to the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Transfer blended mixture to a saucepan and heat to desired consistency.
Add more water if desired.
Add florets to garnish the soup when ready to serve.
Cancer Fighting Activities: Broccoli’s sulforophane is a powerful cancer fighter. It stimulates the proteins that suppress tumor growth and development and detoxification of cancer-producing agents.2 (Please note frozen broccoli does not have significant amounts of sulforophane. It does have other cancer-fighters and anti-inflammatory compound like chlorophyll and carotenoids.)
Helps diabetes: Broccoli is high in magnesium, a mineral that improves the cells’ ability to respond insulin. Insulin is the major hormone that lowers blood glucose levels. Diabetes increases the risk for stroke and heart attack.
Sulforophane encourages the body to produce more enzymes to protect the blood vessels and substantially reduce free radical damage.3 Sulforophane also exerts anti-inflammatory effects on diabetes. Free radicals and inflammation fuel diabetic complications. This compound exerts at least two anti-obesity effects.4
Editor’s Note: Raw cruciferous vegetables contain high amounts of sulforophane,–especially broccoli sprouts. Only use organic, non-GMO broccoli seeds if you sprout broccoli. Individuals who have thyroid problems should not consume raw cruciferous veggies.
- Kim JK. Current potential health benefits of sulforaphane. EXCLI J. 2016; 15: 571–577.
- University of Warwick. “Broccoli Could Reverse The Heart Damaging Effects Of Diabetes.”
ScienceDaily. 26 August 2008.
Nagata. Glucoraphanin Ameliorates Obesity and Insulin Resistance Through Adipose Tissue Browning and Reduction of Metabolic Endotoxemia in Mice. Diabetes, 2017; db160662 DOI: 10.2337/db16-0662