March Madness at Work AICR Style

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-Rating Food Servicee-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


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

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. Continue reading


2013: It’s A (Healthy) Wrap

turkey-fajita croppedWrap up some healthy turkey and colorful veggies as you usher out the 2013 holiday season. Our Health-e-Recipe for Turkey Fajitas with Baby Spinach and Red Peppers tastes like it came from a restaurant — only it’s low in calories and fat.

The secret is in the seasoning. Our marinade combines chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and finely ground coffee. Like the unsweetened chocolate in Mexican mole sauce, the coffee gives an earthy, roasted taste to the turkey filling.

Like other leafy greens, baby spinach contains lutein, a plant compound that may protect cells and ward off eye disease. It’s a healthier alternative to iceberg lettuce. The red bell  pepper contrasts in taste and color, adding vitamin C and natural sweetness. Red onion gives this dish a spicy flair along with more protective phytochemicals.

Whole-wheat tortillas warmed up first add cancer-fighting fiber to this dish. Whole grains are more filling than enriched white flour and are digested more slowly so that your blood sugar is maintained at a healthy level until your next meal.

Find more delicious, cancer-preventive recipes at the AICR Test Kitchen. Subscribe to our weekly Health-e-Recipes.