Protein-Rich, Salt-Free Pea Soup Recipe For A Cancer Diet

Breast Cancer Authority Blog has an extensive collection of cancer diet recipes. Are recipes focus on protein rich, plant-based, sugar-free and organic ingredients. The amount of protein suggested in a Google search is that a cancer patients should consume 45 – 60 grams of complete protein each day. However, my Mothers nutritionist suggested we feed her 70 grams of protein. Pea protein can be found in plant-based protein supplements and this wonderful pea soup recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Dried Split Peas
  • 7 Cups of Salt Free Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Mustard
  • 4 Medium Garlic Cloves Diced
  • 3 Stalks of Celery Sliced
  • 2 Medium Carrots Sliced
  • 1 Potato Diced
  • 1-4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Toppings:

  • Sesame oil
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley

Directions:

  1. Place first 5 ingredients in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent split peas from sticking to bottom of pot.
  3. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots and potato. (You can saute these first with 4  tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast or add them in directly if you want a fat-free soup).
  4. Partially cover and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.(You may need to add extra water).
  5. Season to taste with pepper and vinegar.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of sesame oil, diced tomato and minced parsley.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

 

Cancer Diet Sugar-Free Protein Packed Brownie Recipe

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These chocolate protein brownies are super easy to make – loaded with protein from the almond butter, plus antioxidants from the chocolate bar and no sugar! This is a perfect cancer patient snack. Remember use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Almond Butter
  • 2 eggs or egg alternative
  • 1 cup erythritol
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 sugar-free dark chocolate candy bar (3-4 oz.)

Cancer Patient Brownie RecipeDirections:

  1. In large bowl blend almond butter with electric mixer.
  2. Blend in eggs or substitute, then erythritol & vanilla extract.
  3. Add cocoa, protein powder, salt, baking soda & coconut milk.
  4. LIne  9 x 13 glass baking dish with parchment paper. Pour batter into baking dish. It will be thick and you will have press into shape.
  5. Bake 325 for 35 – 45 minutes.
  6. If you want brownie bite bake at 325 for 15 minutes.

I did bake this chocolate protein brownie into brownie bites and they are a bit heavy but they tasted good. You can always add sugar-free chocolate chips, chopped nuts or dried cherries or cranberries.  Another great thing about these brownies is that they taste as delicious if you make a bigger batch and freeze them. Just defrost them two to three hours before you want to eat them, and they will be as good as freshly baked.

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Protein Rich Entree – Vegan Sausage, Spinach & White Beans

This one pot wonder is perfect for a breast cancer recovery diet. Easy to make and the whole family can enjoy!  Also use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Vegan Italian Sausage
  • 2 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Can Drained Cannellini Beans
  • 1 Can Diced Italian Tomatoes or 2 Diced Plum Tomatoes
  • 6 Cups Baby Spinach (1 bag)

Directions:

  1. Fry vegan spinach in Olive Oil when done add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable both, beans, tomatoes cook for 7 minutes.
  3. Add baby spinach, stir into mixture just until wilted.
  4. Put into and sprinkle Nutritional Yeast on top.
  5. Enjoy!

A combination of a healthful diet and physical activity seems to be particularly important, as was shown in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living Study, which included 3,088 women previously diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who had at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and averaged 30 minutes of walking 6 days per week had roughly half the risk of dying from breast cancer, compared with women who ate fewer vegetables and fruits or who were less active.

So a healthful plant-based diet helps in many ways. It makes weight control easier, helps you avoid unhealthful fats, and keeps fruits and vegetables front and center. This combination, along with regular exercise, helps prevent cancer and also reduces the risk of recurrence.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

 

Delicious & Healthy Mediterranean Roasted Chickpea Wrap

This simple and delicious Mediterranean inspired roasted chickpea wrap with refreshing tzatziki a cucumber vegan yogurt sauce comes from Susan at LiveLeanEat.com . We at Breast Cancer Yoga made this recipe and give it two thumbs up!

Ingredients
• 1 15 oz can chickpeas 425 g, 1 ½ cup soaked chickpeas if starting from dry, drained and rinsed
• 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
• 1 Tbsp paprika* 7 g
• 1 tsp ground black pepper 3 g
• 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1.5 g
• 1/4 tsp salt 1.5 g
• 4 pita flatbread
• 1 cup tzatziki  (vegan plain yogurt & cucumber sauce)
• 1/4 red onion cut into strips
• 2 lettuce leaves roughly chopped
• 1 tomato sliced

Directions
1. Pat dry chickpeas with paper towel, removing any skins that may come off.
2. Gently toss chickpeas with oil, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.
3. Spread chickpeas onto a greased rimmed baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees F (200 C) for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned but not hard.
4. Spread some tzatziki onto one side of the pita, then sprinkle in ¼ of the chickpeas and add veggies. Fold in half and enjoy!
Notes
• *If you don’t like spicy foods, half the amount paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Taste a chickpeas before baking and adjust flavors as needed.
• If your pita breads crack when you fold them, cover them with a moist paper towel and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Assemble your sandwich immediately after microwaveing.
• Wanna bring these to lunch? Try them in meal prep-able form!

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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Freaking Awesome High Protein Pumpkin Bread Recipe (Vegan & Sugar-Free)

A vegan sugar-free diet can be safe for anyone undergoing cancer treatment; however, working with a registered dietitian to develop the right meal plan for you is recommended. We hope this high protein pumpkin bread recipe will help in the planning of a healthy lifestyle diet that meets the special nutritional needs of patients with cancer. Always use organic ingredients when necessary.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 whole egg alternative (1/4 unsweetened apple sauce mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder)
¼ cup alkaline water
¼ cup oil
½ cup sugar substitute (molasses, agave or maple syrup
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup / 1 large scoop protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine grain sea salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
a pinch of black pepper

Optional: chopped walnuts, dark chocolate chips, cranberries, cherries or raisins.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl combine pumpkin puree, egg replacement, oil, water, and sugar substitute. Whisk until well combined.
  4. In another bowl, combine whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, pepper and baking soda. Carefully stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan. If you feel like, sprinkle some oats on top.
    Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. The bread is ready when a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. You want to get that beautiful orange/gold color on the cake, but at the same time you don’t want to bake all the moisture out of it

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Protein Powder Ideas For Lunch & Dinner During Cancer Treatment

Here are some protein powder ideas for lunch and dinner, following on from last week ‘s suggestions for breakfast. It doesn’t just have to be a shake or smoothie.

As I discussed in Beyond Smoothie 1 – Protein powder for breakfasts, there are times when we need to use protein powder in our diets due to difficulties with eating or getting adequate nourishment during cancer treatments. But it can get monotonous and boring to just have smoothies or shakes. And sometimes we want something warming and more comforting rather than a cold drink. But there are other ways to use the powder.

Protein benefits on blood glucose levels
Remember that adding protein to a high carbohydrate meal/food can also help with blood glucose levels. For example, with the mashed potato idea shown below, the protein powder addition may well reduce glucose levels after eating it. Similarly for baked goods. Instead of just having flour and fat – add some protein. Protein powder can really help in balancing blood sugar.

So here are some suggestions on how to use powders in other ways that can be part of lunch or dinner.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Scrumptious Lemon Icebox Pie That Is Vegan & Sugar Free

 Studies have found that sugar may fuel the growth of breast cancer so with that in mind if you or a loved one are in cancer treatment a sugar-free diet is recommended.  Your whole family will enjoy this summertime chilled dessert while maintaining a healthy breast cancer diet.  Also, use organic ingredients when possible.
Crust:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup dates pitted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract
  • pinch of pink salt
  • splash of water to help blend, if needed
Lemon Filling:
  • 2 cans coconut milk solid cream only
  • 1 medium zucchini peeled, grated & squeezed dry (roughly 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbs lemon zest from 2 large lemons, divided
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice from 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup pure agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink salt I used about 1/16 tsp
  • Extra lemons for zesting/slicing for garnish

To make the crust:

  1. Pulse crust ingredients in food processor until sticky crumbles form.
  2. Press into parchment lined 7″ springform pan.

To make the lemon filling:

  1. Add zucchini to a food processor with 1 Tb lemon zest and blend thoroughly.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except oil, and blend, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Stream in melted coconut oil with the processor running.
  4. Taste & adjust with more zest or sweetener, if needed.
  5. Pour filling over crust.
  6. Freeze for a about 3 hours, or until firm.
  7. Transfer to fridge for another hour or two, to make slicing easier.
  8. Garnish with more lemon zest, lemon slices or whipped coconut cream.
  9. chilled, or return to the freezer for a firmer, frozen treat. (see notes)

Recipe Notes

  • I use a 7″ springform pan. If you use a larger pan, your pie will be shorter. Or you can double the filling.
  • To get the cream from canned coconut milk: refrigerate 2 cans of coconut milk overnight.

  • The next day, carefully open and scoop out the solid cream that has hardened at the top of the can. Reserve the liquid for a smoothie!
  • Always buy full-fat coconut milk for whipped cream. I like Thai Kitchen organic.
  • This pie can be enjoyed frozen or chilled– both are delicious!
  • To enjoy chilled, store in the fridge (after the initial freezing to help solidify.)
  • To enjoy frozen, return your pie to the freezer after slicing and store in the freezer. (Pie will last several weeks this way)
  • If frozen solid, just set on the counter for 15 minutes or so to soften.

This ice box pie is the perfect treat to make for summer and would be amazing with a variety of different fruits – peaches and nectarines would be amazing! I hope you all love it, and will share with all of those that you love!

Recipe adapted from http://www.PrettyPies.com

Dawn - Breast Cancer Authority BlogAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Is Soy Healthy for Breast Cancer Survivors?

Soyfoods have become controversial in recent years,…even among health professionals,…exacerbated by misinformation found on the Internet.” Chief among the misconceptions is that soy foods promote breast cancer, because they contain a class of  phytoestrogen compounds called isoflavones. Since estrogens can promote breast cancer growth, it’s natural to assume phytoestrogens might too.

But, people don’t realize there are two types of estrogen receptors in the body—alpha and beta. And, unlike actual estrogen, soy phytoestrogens “preferentially bind to and activate [estrogen receptor beta]. This distinction is important, because the 2 [types of receptors] have different tissue distributions…and often function differently, and sometimes in opposite ways.” And, this appears to be the case in the breast, where beta activation has an anti-estrogenic effect, inhibiting the growth-promoting effects of actual estrogen—something we’ve known for more than ten years. There’s no excuse anymore.

The effects of estradiol, the primary human estrogen, on breast cells are completely opposite to those of soy phytoestrogens, which have antiproliferative effects on breast cancer cells, even at the low concentrations one gets in one’s bloodstream eating just a few servings of soy—which makes sense, given that after eating a cup of soybeans, the levels in our blood cause significant beta receptor activation.

So, where did this outdated notion that soy could increase breast cancer risk come from? The concern was “based largely on research that showed that [the main soy phytoestrogen] genistein stimulates the growth of mammary tumors in [a type of] mouse.” But, it turns out, we’re not actually mice. We metabolize soy isoflavones very differently from rodents. The same soy leads to 20 to 150 times higher levels in the bloodstream of rodents. The breast cancer mouse in question was 58 times higher. So, if you ate 58 cups of soybeans a day, you could get some significant alpha activation, too. But, thankfully, we’re not hairless athymic ovariectomized mice, and we don’t tend to eat 58 cups of soybeans a day.

At just a few servings of soy a day, with the excess beta activation, we would assume soy would actively help prevent breast cancer. And, indeed, “[s]oy intake during childhood, adolescence, and adult life were each associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer.” Those women who ate the most soy in their youth appear to grow up to have less than half the risk.

This may help explain why breast cancer rates are so much higher here than in Asia—yet, when Asians come over to the U.S. to start eating and living like Americans, their risk shoots right up.  For example, women in Connecticut—way at the top of the breast cancer risk heap—in their fifties have, like, ten times more breast cancer than women in their fifties living in Japan. But, it’s not just genetic, since when they move here, their breast cancer rates go up generation after generation, as they assimilate into our culture.

Are the anti-estrogenic effects of soy foods enough to actually change the course of the disease? We didn’t know, until the first human study on soy food intake and breast cancer survival was published in 2009 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggesting that “[a]mong women with breast cancer, soy food consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and [breast cancer] recurrence.” Followed by another study, and then another, all with similar findings.

That was enough for the American Cancer Society, who brought together a wide range of cancer experts to offer nutrition guidelines for cancer survivors, to conclude that, if anything, soy foods should be beneficial. Since then, two additional studies have been published, for a total of five, and they all point in the same direction. Five out of five, tracking more than 10,000 breast cancer patients.

Pooling all the results, soy food intake after breast cancer diagnosis was associated with reduced mortality (meaning a longer lifespan) and reduced recurrence—so, less likely the cancer comes back. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t cracked a journal open in seven years.

And, this improved survival was for both women with estrogen receptor negative tumors and estrogen receptor positive tumors, and for both younger women, and for older women. Pass the edamame.

Doctor’s Note

This is probably the same reason flax seeds are so protective. See Flax Seeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Epidemiological Evidence and Flax Seeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Clinical Evidence.

What about women who carry breast cancer genes? I touched on that in BRCA Breast Cancer Genes & Soy, and it’s the topic of my next video, Should Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Avoid Soy?

What about genetically modified soy? I made a video abut that too; see GMO Soy & Breast Cancer.

Who Shouldn’t Eat Soy? Glad you asked. Watch that video too! 🙂

Not all phytoestrogens may be protective, though. See The Most Potent Phytoestrogen is in Beer and What are the Effects of the Hops Phytoestrogen in Beer?

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In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United

Nice & Easy Beet Salad Recipe

A great source of iron, vitamins and JOY! Beets are delicious and healthy! They will clean your liver and kidneys, supply great amount of nutrients and leave you happy 🙂

What you need:

  • 5-6 beets, peeled, cooked until fork-tender and cut to cubes (or sliced. Depends of how you like it to look like!)
  • 1 large purple onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 spoons olive oil
  • Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
  • 1 spoon maple syrup 

What to do:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving. 

Enjoy!

To get more of these great recipes visit Neeva’s website  The Innergy

How to Block Breast Cancer’s Estrogen-Producing Enzymes

The vast majority of breast cancers start out “hormone-dependent,” meaning the primary human estrogen, called “estradiol plays a crucial role in [breast cancer] development and progression.” That’s one of the reasons why soy food consumption appears so protective against breast cancer—because soy phytoestrogens, like genistein, act as estrogen-blockers. They block the binding of estrogens, like estradiol, to breast cancer cells.

But, wait a second. “The majority of breast cancers occur [after menopause], when the ovaries have [stopped producing estrogen].” What’s the point of eating estrogen blockers if there’s no estrogen to block? It turns out the breast cancer tumors themselves produce their own estrogen from scratch to fuel their own growth.

Estrogens may be formed in breast tumors by multiple pathways. The breast cancer takes cholesterol, and, using the aromatase enzyme, or two hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase enzymes, produces its own estrogen.

So, there’s two ways to stop breast cancer. One is to use “antiestrogens,” estrogen-blockers, like the soy phytoestrogens, or “the anti-estrogen [drug] tamoxifen…However, another way to block estradiol is by using anti-enzymes” to prevent the breast cancer from making all the estrogen in the first place.

And, indeed, there are a variety of anti-aromatase drugs in current use. In fact, inhibiting the estrogen production has been shown to be “more effective” than just trying to block the effects of the estrogen—”suggesting that the inhibition of estrogen synthesis is clinically very important for the treatment of estrogen-dependent breast cancer.” It turns out soy phytoestrogens can do both.

Using ovary cells taken from women undergoing in vitro fertilization, soy phytoestrogens were found to reduce the expression of the aromatase enzyme. What about in breast cancer cells, though? Breast cancer cells, too—not only suppressing aromatase activity, but the other estrogen-producing enzyme, too.

But, this is in a petri dish. Does soy suppress estrogen production in people too Well, circulating estrogen levels appear significantly lower in Japanese women than American white women. And, Japan does have the highest per capita soy food consumption. But, you don’t know it’s the soy until you put it to the test. Japanese women were randomized to add soymilk to their diet—or not—for a few months. Estrogen levels did seem to drop about a quarter in the soymilk-supplemented group. Interestingly, when they tried the same experiment in men, they got similar results: a significant drop in female hormone levels, with no change in testosterone levels.

These results, though, are in Japanese men and women that were already consuming soy in their baseline diet. So, it’s really just looking at “higher versus lower…soy intake.”

What happens if you give soymilk to women in Texas? Circulating estrogen levels cut in half. Since increased estrogen levels are a “[marker] for high risk for breast cancer,” the effectiveness of soy to reduce estrogen levels may help explain why Chinese and Japanese women have such low rates of breast cancer.

And, what was truly remarkable is that estrogen levels stayed down a month or two, even after they stopped drinking it. This suggests you don’t have to consume soy every day to have the cancer-protective benefit.

Doctor’s Note

Wait, soy protects against breast cancer? Yes, in study after study after study. Even in women at high risk? See BRCA Breast Cancer Genes & Soy.

Even if you already have breast cancer? See Is Soy Healthy for Breast Cancer Survivors?

Even GMO soy? See GMO Soy & Breast Cancer.

Okay, then, Who Shouldn’t Eat Soy? Watch that video too! 🙂

What else can we do to decrease breast cancer risk? See:

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In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United

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