Super Bowl Forecast: A Red Hot (and Delicious) Line-Up for Cancer Prevention

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This year, create your own Super Bowl hype with a party spread full of flavor, heat, color and cancer prevention. These menu ideas will keep your crowd happy and healthy, beginning with the pre-game interviews and all the way through the post-game analysis.

veggie-chiliPre-Game Warm Up: Greet your guests with a mildly spicy Cinnamint Green Tea. Delicious and warming, green tea contains a compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that, in lab studies, shows some protective qualities against cancer.

The National Anthem: Okay, so opera singer Renée Fleming isn’t Italian, but with opera I think Italy. These Herbed Italian White Beans are a warm, simple starter. Serve with Pesto Toastini for a classic opening.

Half-Time Performance: The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be heating up the stage. Chile peppers get their kick from capsaicin, a phytochemical well studied for cancer-prevention. So try our Veggie Chili with cancer-fighting, capsaicin-containing hot pepper and warm up your guests with steaming bowls of chili.

Give a nod to Broncos’ fans and offer a Denver specialty – a Breakfast Burrito.

bigstock-Elegant-Fruit-Tart-Pastry-Serv-1148689_300wPost-Game Analysis: Salute the Super Bowl hosts, New York and New Jersey with a healthier version of New York Style No-Bake Cheesecake and top it with plenty of cranberries, blueberries and peaches. The Garden state is one of the top 5 U.S. producers of these cancer-fighting fruits.

Serve with a steamy (cancer-fighting) coffee beverage as a tribute to the Seahawks fan. Last year’s AICR/WCRF updated report on Endometrial Cancer found that coffee – decaf and regular – can help lower risk for that cancer. Go plain black or serve up a fancy latte with steamed, frothy milk.

What are your ideas for a healthy and cancer-preventive Super Bowl party?


    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.

    One thought on “Super Bowl Forecast: A Red Hot (and Delicious) Line-Up for Cancer Prevention”

    1. Thank you for sharing these recipe ideas! We all can make healthier choices and in addition to healthier eating, I would consider adding a gentle exercise routine, such as Qigong, to your day. Watching other’s play sports can be fun, and hopefully, this Super Bowl will inspire fans to do their share. Studies suggest that exercising only 30 min a day can increase you changes of staying clear of cancer by as much as about 30% ( Walking Qigong, for example, has been used with much success to help people with cancer, and is quite a common practice in China.

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