Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Can a salad prevent sunburn?!...

Custom salad from "California Monster Salads" in Santa Monica; this salad includes kale, spinach, red bell peppers, black beans, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, plus quinoa and walnuts.  Approx. cost, $10.95.

Can a salad prevent sunburn?!...

Consider this:

I.  "Carrots, foods rich in omega 3′s, broccoli, watermelon, and other vegetables are great for natural protection against the sun’s rays."

source ref:


II.  Prevent Sunburn Naturally by Consuming these Foods

    by Elizabeth Renter, June 16th, 2012, Updated 11/02/2012


"You can prevent sunburn and skin cancer with the following foods:
Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Known as “essential” fats because the body doesn’t produce them and they must be obtained through the diet, omega-3 fats are lauded for doing everything from protecting the brain to preventing inflammation. In addition to these great benefits, omega-3s can actually reduce sunburn sensitivity and help to prevent sunburn, according to a study from the Oxford Journals’ Carcinogenesis."

"Fatty fish like salmon and sardines are good sources of omega-3 fats, as are walnuts and flax seeds. If getting enough of these foods is a concern, you can supplement with a high quality fish oil supplement."

Prevent Sunburn with Broccoli and Other Veggies from the Brassica Family

"Vegetables that belong to the Brassica family, including broccoli, kale, cabbage, mustard greens and spinach, are all rich in the cancer fighting chemical called sulforaphane glucosinolate."

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III.  Fish: Top Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Seafood is a great source for DHA and EPA omega-3s, both essential for healthy hearts and brains. Look for seafood rich in omega-3s, such as:

Tuna (fresh)


IV.   The "Lifeguard UV Protection Salad"(aka, The "Sunburner") 

Here it is! 
The Recipe:

Kale, spinach, mustard greens, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, walnuts plus some fresh wild salmon."   

No salmon?  Replace it with edamame (green soybeans) as a source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.

Or try "wild rice", which is also a good source of Omega-3 and fiber.

Kidney beans and black beans are also good sources of Omega-3.


You betcha!...  Follow that rockin' salad up with some hunks or wedges of watermelon for dessert!   Party on, Garth!


Getting thirsty?  Drink some iced green tea for its antioxidant qualities that include sunburn prevention.


Disclaimer:  This information has been collected and collated and is intended to propagate a discourse on sunburn prevention.  This information is not intended as medical or nutritional advice.  Consult your physician and/or nutritionist for specific information and advice.  In other words, we suggest you do your own research based on your own dietary requirements, etc.

note:  The "Lifeguard Sunburn Prevention Salad" ™  has been coined by Will Maguire.   The recipe above has also been devised by Will Maguire based on information freely available on the web.


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"Salad Days" Supplement:

The "Sawtelle" Salad at "Green's Up" on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

The "Coastline" (menu item) Salad at "California Monster Salads" on Santa Monica Blvd., just east of 4th St.
The Quinoa Farm Salad at "Burger Lounge" in Santa Monica on Arizona Ave., just east of 2nd St.

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