Roll out the Red Carpet for Cancer Prevention

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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.”


Author: Alice RD

Alice G. Bender, MS, RDN, is the Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. She helps put the science of cancer prevention into action by providing tips and tools to choose nutritious and delicious foods. Alice has guided thousands of individuals to healthier lives through diet changes and choices.

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