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.
Pre-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 →
Hot, filling and healthy, our Health-e-Recipe for Super Split Pea Soup is a great dish to ward off wintry chills.
Peas are a legume, like dry beans and lentils. Legumes have plenty of cancer-fighting fiber (a robust 17 grams per serving in this recipe).
All legumes contain protein without fat, so they are a great way to cut back on meat while still getting good nutrition. You get 21 grams of protein per serving of this soup’s combination of peas and chicken broth.
Herbs and vegetables, including onion, carrots and potatoes, round out Super Split Pea Soup with protective phytochemicals. Serve it up with a hunk of crusty whole-grain bread and freeze the leftovers to enjoy on other chilly winter days.
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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.
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