On a hot summer day, one of my favorite ways to cool off is with a refreshing treat. If you make it yourself from scratch, you can use whole fruits and other fresh ingredients for a naturally sweet treat without all the added sugar and fat found in desserts like an ice cream bar.
Recipes made with fruits like mango, strawberries and watermelon are also filled with cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Here are recipes for three of my favorites:
Mango Strawberry Ice Pops
These only take about 15 minutes to make, but you’ll want to make them the night before so they can freeze fully.
- 2 mangoes, peeled & chopped
- 1 cup strawberries, washed with tops removed
- 2 Tbsp honey or agave
- Splash of orange juice (about ¼ cup)
- ¼ cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced into small pieces
Mix first four ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and drop Continue reading
Today is President’s Day and over at www.foodtimeline.org, they’ve put together a great collection of the US Presidents’ favorite foods.
It’s got some great research and we’re happy to see so many of them enjoyed vegetables, fruits and whole grains. We took a look at some historical first families and found some cancer-protective modern dishes they might have enjoyed.
George Washington, famously rumored to have loved cherries, preferred a variety of fruits, along with nuts and fish. Eating a variety of fruits and other plant foods is probably protective against several kinds of cancer, including mouth and esophagus. And lab studies suggest the phytochemical anthocyanin, credited with giving cherries their notable red hue, acts as a potent antioxidant. Fresh game and fowl from his farmland was also popular at the table. He might have loved to try Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce. Continue reading
Does your family have holiday traditions you follow every year? In my family, we each open one small gift on Christmas Eve and we usually have lamb on Christmas day. This got me thinking, why don’t we do something that’s a little different?
This holiday, you could start a tradition to cook a new, healthier dish that’s different each year. It can be a special way to put cancer prevention into your holidays and get a jump-start on your New Year’s resolutions.
In our ‘Something Different’ column, Dana Jacobi wrote about one of her favorite traditions, “The Feast of Seven Fishes”. This dish includes a variety of fresh seafood and fragrant herbs that might be the perfect “something new” for your holiday. Continue reading