There’s nothing I love more than waking up on a holiday morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the scent of something baking in the kitchen. Last year I wrote about how to modify your favorite holiday foods (in this case, coffee cake) to make them more nutritious while maintaining the taste you love. This year, I have a new idea: let’s make over the entire New Year’s Day brunch!
A typical brunch might include bagels, eggs, bacon and sausage and maybe even some pastries or doughnuts on the side. While it’s ok for everyone to indulge a bit – something I tell my patients all the time – there’s also good reason to limit these foods.
The brunch I just described is full of white (processed) flour, saturated fat (the kind that is harmful to heart health), sodium and sugar. Combined, these foods are a recipe for weight gain and increased cancer risk when eaten regularly. Moreover, this meal is completely lacking in the food components shown to help us live longer and healthier lives – vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, to name a few.
Here are some ideas to start your New Year with a healthy New Year’s day brunch. Continue reading →
You sit all day. The vending machine’s full of sugary soda. Sandy from Accounting keeps a heaping bowl of fun-size candy at her desk, which you walk past on your way to and from the copier.
The workplace is where you spend most of your waking time, a closed environment filled with constant inducements to move less and eat more. At holiday time, those inducements multiply. Today, more and more Human Resources professionals are taking steps to create healthier workplaces, because they know that healthier employees are happier — and, yes, more productive.
Here at AICR, we’ve taken a series of steps to ensure we’re practicing what we preach. Here’s just a few of the ideas we’ve instituted:
The AICR Walking Club meets three times a week at lunchtime for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. The group activity helps members motivate one another to get and stay active. We’re looking into a running group for those employees who want to kick up their activity even more. Continue reading →
Roasting root vegetables brings out their sweetness without adding sugar. Our Health-e-Recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Salad is an attractive holiday side dish that’s filling, low-calorie and cancer-fighting, too.
This easy recipe requires nothing more than cutting and peeling a few colorful root vegetables: sweet and white potato, carrot, onion, celery and beet. Their protective phytochemicals reinforce each other to protect you from cancer while adding beautiful hues to your plate.
While they roast, mix up our delicious Mediterranean dressing. Healthy mustard, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, cilantro and walnuts are whisked into extra virgin olive oil. A crumble of feta cheese on top of this salad provides a delicious contrasting taste.
Serve at room temperature or chilled. You can even put it on a bed of mixed leafy greens to get more fiber and phytochemicals. Add a whole grain and some lean protein for a complete meal. Find more delicious, cancer-preventive recipes at the AICR Test Kitchen. Subscribe to our weekly Health-e-Recipes.