A New American Plate for Easter Brunch

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Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

Easter eggs and ham are traditional foods on the Easter brunch table and although ham is a processed meat, you may decide this holiday is a time to include it in your meal.

AICR recommends avoiding processed meat such as ham because research shows it is a cause of colon cancer.  But the strategy of saving processed meat for a special occasion and including it as part of a healthy meal will help your efforts to keep your overall diet a cancer protective one.

Easter brunch is a great time to put the cancer fighting New American Plate into practice with colorful fruit, tender spring green vegetables and hearty whole grains. The vegetables, fruit and whole grains provide fiber, health promoting phytochemicals and can help keep the calories low. A flavorful feast you can enjoy with your health in mind.

What does an Easter Brunch New American Plate look like?

1/3 or less of your plate contains the ham and/or egg;

2/3 or more contains fresh spring asparagus, a rich whole-grain muffin and a beautiful fruit salad.

Try these recipes for a hearty and healthy brunch:

Asparagus salad with lemon-soy sauce

Oatmeal-Carrot Muffins

Ambrosia Salad

What are you serving for Easter?


    Author: Alice RD

    Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.

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