Q: I’m following a heart-healthy diet. How can I adapt that for cancer prevention?
A: Eating for heart health and cancer prevention aren’t as different as you may think. We used to think about heart disease and cancer as having separate risk factors, but now we know that just as tobacco increases risk of both, eating and physical activity habits also affect risk of both.
Whole grains can add fantastic flavor and texture to your meals as well as support long-term health. Eating whole grains promotes healthy digestion, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight, and lower your risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Clearly, whole grains beat out refined grains for your family’s health any day of the week. Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and plant compounds called phytochemicals you can feel good about including them in your family’s diet . So why choose white when you can get the whole health benefits!
For Cancer Prevention Month, why not challenge yourself to try a new whole grain recipe each week? Have your kids help you explore the endless variety of tasty whole grains!
Here are some ways to get started:
Choose whole grain mac-n-cheese over white flour pasta. You can also boost fiber by adding pureed sweet potato, chopped sautéed cauliflower or peas.
Although most of us know the importance of eating a solid breakfast every morning, busy schedules can make it hard to set the time aside. Grabbing a bar or a banana can provide a quick fix, but often leave you feeling lethargic and hungry soon after.
Overnight oats are one of my weekday favorites because they are hearty and satisfying and can be grabbed while running out the door – even after hitting the snooze button a few extra times. They also only take 5 minutes of prep time the night before. Read more… “5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats”
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