AICR’s Recipe March Madness – down to the Final 4 today – inspired me to share a recent kick I’ve been on to make a one-pot dish on Sunday that I pack for lunches throughout the week. With a little preparation and planning (and it doesn’t take much!) I end up with about 5 delicious and inexpensive lunches filled with cancer-protective nutrients.
I start with a grain and cook 1 cup dry (to yield about 2 to 3 cups cooked) according to package instructions. Lately I’ve been using quinoa because it cooks fast, is delicious and packed full of protein and fiber, but you could also use brown rice, farro, bulgur or another whole grain. I cook it in a low sodium vegetable broth instead of water to give it a little extra flavor. Once cooked, let the grain cool in the fridge.
Next I pick a few ingredients to mix in, always with some added vegetables and/or fruit. Then I pack it into individual containers so I can grab for lunch in the mornings.
Here are three versions you can make with a few simple additions to the already prepared grain-base. When you make dishes like this, you can change the ingredients based on what you have around! Continue reading
Workplaces across the country are in the midst of March Madness basketball pools. Here at AICR, we’re cooking up brackets.
For our March Madness, we’re asking food lovers and cooks to vote for our 500th Health-e-Recipe. Lauren, our Human Resource Director, talks about turning these brackets into an interactive workplace event for one way to put cancer-preventive research into action.
For our Recipe March Madness event, we started with this week’s Elite 8. The goal was to include everyone at AICR, having staff prepare the recipes and host a tasting potluck. It’s a simple and quick event that can encourage staff to try something healthier than what they may be used to eating.
For anyone who wants to host something like this in your workplace, here’s what I found worked well here: Continue reading
The latest report on county health rankings found, once again, where you live makes a difference to how long you live and your health. The least healthy counties have twice the death rates as the nation’s healthiest, according to the report.
This is the fifth annual County Health Rankings, a report that compiles data on mortality and 29 health factors, including many that relate to cancer risk. For these factors, the findings are slightly encouraging for the nation. These include:
- Obesity: Obesity rates for adults are holding steady with a rate of 28 percent for 2012. Prior, obesity rates increased from 16 percent of adults in 1995 to 28 percent in 2010. Aside from smoking, obesity is now the single largest risk factor for cancer. The latest research shows that obesity is a cause of 8 cancers, including post-menopausal breast, ovarian and endometrial. Continue reading