Vegetables play a starring role in this week’s Health-e-Recipe, Pasta Salad with Chicken.
Here at AICR, plant foods are at the center of our recipes. That’s because vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans are naturally low in calories. Having a healthy weight is our number one recommendation to reduce your cancer risk.
Our New American Plate model can show you how to fill 2/3 or more of your plate with cancer-fighting plant foods.
Avocado’s high fat content ups its calorie content but if you use it sparingly, as in this recipe, you can fit it into a cancer-conscious diet. Eating some healthy fat helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamin A and other nutrients.
All plant foods provide fiber, which helps prevent colon cancer, plus phytochemicals that protect our cells. It’s not just vegetables and fruits — beans and whole grains are protective, too. This recipe uses whole-grain pasta, a healthier choice than refined-flour pasta.
As the weather gets warmer, feast on healthy salads. Use moderate amounts of low-fat dressings, or just olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to keep ‘em healthy. When you want to make a meal of your salad, just include 3 ounces of protein — good choices are egg, chicken, turkey, tuna or canned wild salmon. A light sprinkle of nuts adds some crunch and even sliced fruit can keep your salads interesting.