Thursday, October 4, 2012

Save the Ta-tas. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

This October in light of all the breast cancer awareness merchandise and save the lid campaigns, I decided it was time to encourage real breast cancer prevention...with good, wholesome nutrition. 

See, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 50-75% of all cancers are lifestyle driven, meaning that what you eat, how often you exercise, and whether or not you smoke eventually takes it's toll. Or doesn't take it's toll.


By definition, cancer starts when one cell begins to multiply out of control. It begins to expand into a lump that can invade healthy tissues and spread to other parts of the body. But there is a lot we can do about it.

Dietary factors play a significant role in cancer risk. At least one-third of annual cancer deaths in the U.S. are due to dietary factors. Another review I recently read said that up to 80 percent of cancers of the large bowel, breast, and prostate are due to dietary factors. That's huge!

A diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways you can combat cancer. With that, I'm giving you my rendition of one of my all time favorite smoothie recipes from PCRM that you can find here. The chocolate cherry combination is sweet enough for dessert, but healthy enough for breakfast or a snack with the vegetable additions.

Often times, our desserts are 'choc' full of fat and saturated fat that may contribute to an increased cancer risk over time. This dessert, if you will, has an incredible amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to protect the body against free radical damage. The compounds in foods activate hormones in the body, and can strengthen or weaken your immune system depending on what you consume. Gradually, this can provide a hefty shield or a wide open gate for something like breast cancer.

Save the Ta-tas Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

1 12oz package frozen dark cherries (yay to already pitted!)
1 cup fresh spinach, packed
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 small peach or nectarine, pit removed
1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 banana, frozen
2 cups chocolate almond or soy milk
ice cubes (if desired)

1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth! If your blender isn't high powered, start with the milk, spinach, and carrots. Blend until smooth, and then add one ingredient at a time.

2 comments:

  1. Yum, this sounds tasty! Mint instead of the nectarines would also make a tasty berry, mint, chocolate mix!

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    1. It is a delicious combination...we'll have to have it for dessert when I come visit. :)

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