Roll out the Red Carpet for Cancer Prevention

If you love any excuse for a party or spending a quiet evening with friends, try this: host an Oscars party and serve movie-themed, cancer-fighting foods.

My friend Janna often hosts an Oscars viewing party and a buffet filled with healthful dishes evocative of the Best Picture nominees. Here are some of her favorite 2012 movie food picks and I’ll add some of my own.

Janna’s picks:

Tree of Life:  Play off the title and serve a dish with foods that come from trees – perhaps a healthy take on the traditional Waldorf salad – include apples, pears or oranges with walnuts in a salad.

War Horse:  England is one of several countries featured, so you could serve elegant cucumber sandwiches – use whole wheat bread with thinly sliced cucumbers.

Midnight in Paris:  Set in Paris in different decades there are so many options, but nothing beats a classic whole grain baguette with a few French cheeses, bunches of grapes and dark chocolate squares.

My picks:

The Descendants:  With the gorgeous Hawaiian landscape as the setting, serving Hawaiian tropical fruits is a great place to start: try our Teriyaki Shrimp Stir-Fry with Pineapple and Peppers  or Papaya Salsa.

Moneyball:  Take me out to the ballgame! All about baseball, you can’t beat basic peanuts and “Cracker Jack.” Serve bags of peanuts in the shell, mini peanut butter popcorn balls or make our Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing.

Learn more about cancer fighting foods in AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer section.

What are your food ideas for the other four nominees? Share what healthful foods you’d serve for “The Artist,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” and “Hugo.”


Sparkling with Good Health

You can impress your family and friends with a beautiful, healthy holiday dessert if you prepare this week’s Health-e-Recipe for Sparkling Apple Crumple.

Look for phyllo dough in the freezer section of your grocery store. It’s a healthier choice than puff pastry because it’s lower in fat – so low, in fact, that we brush it with a little melted butter before baking to give it a shiny, crisp glaze.

Inside, the phyllo is filled with spiced apples, walnuts, cranberries and raisins, then baked to a crisp perfection. Apples are known to have cancer-fighting phytochemicals called flavonoids. Walnuts contain healthy omega-3 fat, which also may protect against cancer. Like other berries, cranberries are rich in anthocyanadins and raisins provide natural sweetness.

Decorated with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar, Sparkling Apple Crumple will delight everyone at the table — and they’ll never guess how easy it was to prepare!

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A Tasty Gift

This week’s Health-e-Recipe for Whole-Wheat Walnut Bread is not only delicious — it’s a recipe you can make as a healthy gift for friends, neighbors and family.

The whole-grain flour and walnuts provide 2 grams of fiber in each slice, as well as other cancer-preventing substances like butyrate from whole wheat and omega-3 fats in the walnuts.

Wrap a loaf or two of this slightly sweet and nutty tasting bread in plastic wrap first, then put it in a gift bag or decorative tin box with some colorful tissue paper to give as a delightful treat.

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