By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
These recipes are great for those who are ready to transition to a healthier way of eating and living. Whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, or maybe you have a health condition you would like to treat naturally, or maybe you recently switched to a plant-based diet but need guidance, these recipes are for you. Always use organic ingredients when available.
Beets Anti-Cancer Properties –The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers. (Mercola)
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
2 medium beets (cooked)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Himalayan Pink Salt (optional)
- Add drained chickpeas to your blender jar, then remaining ingredients.
- Stop and push the ingredients down into the blades if necessary and repeat until desired consistency is reached.
- Serve as a fabulously pink hummus dish with pita chips or veggies.
Black Beans Anti-Cancer Properties – Given the impressive array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in black beans, we have not been surprised to see numerous studies connecting black bean intake with reduced risk of certain cancers, especially colon cancer. Chronic excessive oxidative stress and chronic excessive inflammatory are both risk factors for the development of many cancer types. By increasing the body’s supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, black beans may be able to help lower cancer risk. (The Worlds Healthiest Foods)
Black Bean Hummus
2 cups no-salt-added cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup tahini
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Combine black beans, garlic, tahini, cumin, 2 tablespoons water, tamari and vinegar in a food processor.
- Pulse until smooth and all ingredients are combined.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, fold in cilantro and serve.
Carrot Anti-Cancer Properties – Antioxidants in carrots, including beta-carotene, may play a role in cancer prevention. Research has shown that smokers who eat carrots more than once a week have a lower risk of lung cancer, while a beta-carotene-rich diet may also protect against prostate cancer. (Mercola)
1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, quartered
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt (optional)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
Assorted dippers (such as toasted whole wheat pita wedges, whole grain crackers, and/or vegetable sticks)
- In a small saucepan, cook chopped carrot, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender; drain.
- In a food processor, combine cooked carrot, beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small serving bowl. Stir in parsley.
- Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. If necessary, stir in enough water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach dipping consistency. If desired, garnish with carrot and/or lemon peel strips. Serve with assorted dippers.
A healthy diet is only one of several factors that can affect the immune system; exercise and stress management are just as important in improving your overall health and well being.
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