Weight Loss, Cancer Prevention and Health: Why Vegetables and Fruits Matter

If you’ve been working hard to eat more broccoli or blueberries, headlines like “Fruits and vegetables don’t lead to weight loss, study says” can drive you crazy. You may wonder if it’s worth the effort. I certainly hear from people questioning whether they can trust any nutrition and weight loss messages when they see headlines like these.NAP-Plate-v02

Make no mistake about it, fruits and vegetables are a key part of a cancer-preventive diet. And they can play a role in getting to and staying a healthy weight – important for lowering risk for eight cancers and other chronic diseases. Even the authors of that recent study acknowledge that in their paper. So why the confusing messages?

Here’s what that study was about: The authors say that health organizations promote increasing veggies and fruit for weight loss without explaining the need to also decrease overall calories. So they looked for studies that tested the idea that simply adding vegetables and fruit to your diet will lead to weight loss. Continue reading


A Spicy and Healthy Spinach Salad

mexican-spinach-salad croppedJuly’s hot weather salad days are here. If you’re looking for a more exciting salad that bites you back, try our Health-e-Recipe for Mexican Spinach Salad.

Poblano chiles spice up these greens, which by themselves contain important cancer-fighting substances. They’re used in cuisines from hot climates where spices can help to cool you off by making you perspire. Chiles also contain plant compounds called capsaicin, which lab studies suggest may help keep unhealthy inflammation at bay.

Feta cheese, pumpkin seeds and crunchy corn chips for garnish also make this salad interesting. Top it with our easy honey-lime dressing, which you can use on other salads as well. To make it a more complete meal, add a half-cup of chopped roast chicken breast to each serving (for another 150 calories and lean protein).

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Breakfast for Dinner, Here to Save the Day

A novel idea to some and outlandish to others, breakfast for dinner for me, is a match made in heaven. Who hasn’t had a slice of pizza for breakfast before? So why should it be so different to have breakfast foods for dinner? Breakfast at dinner is also a great way to pack in cancer-protective fruits and vegetables, and offers a variety of vegetarian options.Omelet With Vegetables And Cheese. Frittata

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. And breakfast for dinner has been a part of my routine since I was a child.

All the wonderful options to choose from and endless possibilities abound. Seriously, I think there are probably a million variations of pancakes alone. I have always found that most of the common breakfast items (eggs, pancakes, fruits) are easy to prepare and don’t put up a lot of fuss.

Think about it, with most breakfast items you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take anything out of the freezer before you rush off to work. The good thing about breakfast is that most people have ingredients like eggs, milk, flour, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, and they all reside in the refrigerator or pantry! Breakfast food my friends, is here to save the day.

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