7 recipe ideas that will benefit those fighting or in remission from breast cancer
If you are fighting or in remission from breast cancer, you will know how hard it is to know exactly what to eat, because though science has proven nutrition is important in the fight against cancer. It’s difficult to translate your nutritional needs, into nutritional dishes that will practically help you. So, here you’ll find recipes ideas that will benefit those fighting or in remission from breast cancer.
Plants and herbs like allium sativum ( garlic), Echinacea, Curcuma longa ( turmeric), and Flax seed that are rich in flavonoids, have been reported to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which are important in the fight against cancer. But, not only that can benefit those fighting or in remission from breast cancer, as a diet packed with carotenoids, vitamin A, C and E has been proven to be inversely associated with breast cancer.
According to the World’s healthiest foods,the top 5 foods that are particularly rich in vitamin A, C and E, are as follows:
Sweet Potato, Carrots, Spinach, Kale and Mustard Greens
Papaya, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Strawberries
Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Avocado
Having that mind, the 5 recipes ideas that will benefit those fighting or in remission from breast cancer are based on the ingredients above.
1) Carrot and sweet potato soup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder, plus a bit more for serving
1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 small), peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
8 cups chicken broth, best quality such as Swanson
1-3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tart yet sweet apple (such as Honeycrisp or Fuji), peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Do not brown. Add the curry powder and cook a minute more.
Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, chicken broth and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the apples and honey. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly, then puree in a blender in batches. Be sure to leave the hole in the lid open, and cover with a kitchen towel, to allow the steam to escape.)
Season to taste with salt, pepper and more honey if necessary. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with more curry powder if desired. (Note: As the soup sits, it will thicken up so you may need to add a bit of water to thin it out.)
2)Greens with cannelloni beans and garlic
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 large bunch greens (such as spinach, mustard greens, kale, or broccoli rabe; about 1 pound), thick stems removed, spinach left whole, other greens cut into 1-inch strips (about 10 cups packed)
1 cup (or more) vegetable broth or low-salt chicken broth
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
1 teaspoon (or more) Sherry wine vinegar
Heat 4 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and dried crushed pepper; stir until garlic is pale golden, about 1 minute. Add greens by large handfuls; stir just until beginning to wilt before adding more, tossing with tongs to coat with oil.
Add 1 cup broth, cover, and simmer until greens are just tender, adding more broth by tablespoonfuls if dry, 1 to 10 minutes, depending on type of greens. Add beans; simmer uncovered until beans are heated through and liquid is almost absorbed, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired; drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and serve.
3)Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers ( serves 6)
10 to 12 ounces Brussels sprouts, stemmed and halved
10 to 12-ounces chard, any variety (Swiss, red, green rainbow)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more, to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts, or 2 to 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, optional
In a large skillet, combine the Brussels sprouts with about ½ cup water. Cover and cook until tender-crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and remove to a bowl and set aside.
Meanwhile, cut the leaves from the chard stems. If using the stems, trim about and inch from the bottoms, then slice thinly. Otherwise, discard them. Stack several leaves atop one another and slice into ribbons, about ½ inch in width.
Heat the oil in the same skillet. Add the garlic, bell pepper, and chard (along with stems if you’re using them). Sauté over medium heat until the chard is tender to your liking, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir the Brussels sprouts back in, then season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Scatter the optional nuts over the top and serve at once from the skillet.
4) Almond Papaya Protein Shake with Sunflower Seed Recipe
½ cup almond milk
½ cup papaya, diced
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
water to max line
Combine the almond milk, papaya, whey protein powder, sunflower seeds, and water in the tall glass. Process in the NutriBullet for 10-12 seconds or until mixture becomes smooth.
Pour in a serving glass. Garnish with a slice of papaya, if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
5) Avocado Strawberry Smoothie
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
5 ice cubes
4 frozen whole strawberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon flax seed meal (optional)
Blend avocado, orange juice, vanilla yogurt, ice cubes, strawberries, honey, and flax seed meal together in a blender until smooth, at least 45 seconds.
6) cauliflower, garlic and turmeric soup
1 bulb garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 cauliflower (broken into florets)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 large potato (peeled and diced)
1 litre hot vegetable stock (Marigold bouillon powder or cube is fine)
fresh parsley or coriander/cilantro, to serve
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Cut the top off the head of the garlic so that you can just see the tops of the cloves. Sit the garlic on a generous square of aluminium foil (shiny-side up) and drizzle a small amount of the olive oil over. Pull up the edges of the foil to form a tightly wrapped but baggy parcel and put in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a little while you get on with the soup.
Pour the rest of the oil into a wide saucepan and fry the onion gently for 10 minutes or so until softened but not browning. Add the cauliflower florets and turn in the oily onion. Add the turmeric and keep stirring, then stir in the potato. Cover and cook over a low to medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Squeeze in the pulpy, sweet, baked garlic cloves (just squish the head straight into the saucepan) and then add the stock/broth. Bring to the boil, lower the heat to a simmer, then cover and cook for a further 15 minutes or so. Purée in a foodprocessor or blender or, if you like a soup with more texture, just stick a handheld blender in the pan or bash about with an old-fashioned potato masher.
Add freshly chopped parsley or coriander/cilantro to the bowls as you eat.
7) Echinacea and vegetable juice
1 echinacea tea bag
80ml (1/3 cup) boiling water
2 large carrots, peeled, topped
1 red capsicum, halved, deseeded, thickly sliced
1 lime, peeled
Ice cubes (optional), to serve
Place the tea bag in a small heatproof bowl and pour over boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
Meanwhile, use a juice extractor to process the carrot, capsicum and lime. Transfer to a small jug. Squeeze all the liquid from the tea bag. Pour the tea into the jug. Add the ice cubes and stir to combine. Pour among glasses to serve.
If you are experiencing discomfort, inverted nipple, lumps, nipple discharge, redness or swollen lymph nodes around your breast area. It is time to seek medical advice for an official diagnosis. It is important to know there are non- invasive and non- radioactive ways to diagnose and screen for breast cancer, such as: thermography. There are certain nutrients like iodine, which has been reported beneficial in the fight against breast cancer. Animal studies, have also demonstrated that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of breast cancer cells grown in a lab. If you have been just diagnosed, and have not yet decided which type of treatment you will go for, click here to know more about the top 5 natural ways to heal cancer that people are going for.