Give Thanksgiving meals a boost with cancer-fighting superfoods

November 27, 2013 | by

Even the best Thanksgiving meal can benefit from the addition of cancer-fighting superfoods.

Superfoods contain compounds with the ability to fight and prevent cancer. The foods are healthful on their own, but incorporating them into favorite dishes and meals reminds us how powerful nature can be in keeping us healthy.

Superfood recipes

City of Hope, along with culinary ambassador celebrity chef Nathan Lyon, share recipe ideas for incorporating superfoods into your Thanksgiving meal.

Mushrooms and pomegranates contain substances that help block the hormones that make breast cancer grow and spread. They also may help fight prostate cancer. Blueberries can inhibit the growth and spread of triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive types of the disease. And cinnamon extract can interfere with a tumor’s ability to grow by blocking the tumor from forming blood vessels to feed it.

Here are some recipe ideas that pack these superfoods into a classic Thanksgiving meal. We’ve got you covered for the whole feast – from appetizers to dessert. So cook, eat and know that good food is powerful in many ways.

All these recipes are available at cityofhope.org/superfoods.

APPETIZER:

Wild Blueberry Peppercorn Chutney
When hungry guests arrive, greet them with baked bread and this tasty spread.

SALAD:

Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranates
The sweetness of this salad is great for anyone who’s reluctant to eat their “greens.”

THE MAIN EVENT:

Serve your turkey with Cranberry Pomegranate Relish
The pomegranates will add a nice texture to your sauce, yet their taste is subtle.
Also – add sliced pomegranate halves to your turkey platter for a beautiful and bright garnish.

SIDE DISH:

Sage and Mushroom Stuffing
This hearty stuffing hits the spot. It’s also a great base for other ingredients such as meat, celery and onions should you want to dress it up.

SIDE DISH:

Glazed Yams with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
The cinnamon helps counteract the sweetness of this dish, just don’t go overboard with it.

DESSERT:

Apple Blueberry Crumble
Pies and variations of them can be healthier than you think when made with minimal sugar.

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