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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Superfoods #1 - Blueberries & Yogurt


In my last post I stated that since April is Cancer Awareness Month, I would be posting recipes containing cancer fighting foods. I decided that each recipe would feature one of the "superfood" which are known to have cancer fighting properties. Superfood is term attributed to foods with high phytonutrients offering health benefits such as fighting diseases.

Last post featured beans as a superfood, although the recipe contains other phytonutrient filled foods. Today's simple recipe will feature blueberries & yogurt.

Blueberries contain high amounts of antioxidants and may help block the metabolic pathways that can promote cancer. Most doctors who are well versed in the relationship between disease and healthy eating will recommend eating 1/4-1/2 cup blueberries daily (fresh or frozen).

Yogurt thanks to its probiotic properties helps rid the body of bacteria. Yogurt can help increase the bodies level of interferon (a powerful weapon of the immune system against tumor cells) while also raising the level of natural killer cells. It has been shown to slow down the growth of tumor cells in the GI tract while improving the ability of the immune system to destroy active tumor cells. In addition it can block the production of carcinogenic agents in the colon.

The best part is this healthy mix of superfoods takes no time to prepare. In fact this recipe takes only a few seconds to mix together and can be eaten as part of a breakfast or healthy snack.

1/2 -1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (try organic, wash non organic well)
1 T wheat germ or 1 T ground flaxseed

Ideas
Mix frozen berries into hot oatmeal or cereal
Blend together yogurt, banana, ice, whey protein,milk, blueberries for a shake
Yogurt & Blueberry Cake

Recipes:
Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes topped with vanilla yogurt
Blueberry Bran Muffins
Blueberry-Raisin Bran Muffins

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3 comments:

Forts said...

They are truly superfoods and not only with the great cancer fighting properties but the flavor that is packed into freshly grown blueberries; is rather refreshing. Can’t wait till snack time now…

Kevin said...

One of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberry season is fresh blueberries on plain yogurt with a touch of maple syrup. I can't wait.

Rachel Ducker said...

This is a great recipe! My blog really promotes healthy eating i would love you to check it out! www.duckeyhealthblog.blogspot.com I love the photos you have on here! They are great and bring your posts to life!

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