TASTY TUESDAY // Gazpacho
Tuesday June 5, 2012

When the mercury is rising, the last thing you want to do is crank up your oven or stand over a hot stove. Gazpacho, a cold tomato soup, is an excellent option for a healthy and refreshing no cook meal. Just whip up a batch in your blender and refrigerate until chilled for a delicious and quick light lunch.

Tomatoes are a great source of cancer preventing lycopene, as well as Vitamin C and other antioxidants. By not cooking the tomatoes, you also benefit from preserving more of their nutrients. Take advantage of this prime tomato season and pick up a bag from your local farmer’s market (they just taste better when you buy them outside) and enjoy this lovely soup!

Gazpacho

Ingredients:

2 thick slices stale French bread, crusts removed

1 pound ripe tomatoes, cored

2+ garlic cloves, peeled and halved

1 thick slice red or white onion, coarsely chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or wine vinegar

1/2 cup to 1 cup ice water, depending on how thick you want your soup to be

Salt and pepper

Optional Garnishes:

1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber

1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper

1/2 cup small croutons

1 hardboiled egg, finely chopped 

Directions:

Place the bread in a bowl and sprinkle with a little water to soften it. 

Combine the bread, tomatoes, garlic, onion, olive oil, vinegar and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour into a bowl or pitcher, thin out as desired with water and cover and chill for several hours.

Serve in glasses or bowls and garnish as desired. 

TASTY TUESDAY // Be A Part-Time Veg-Head
Tuesday May 29, 2012

If you eat meat regularly, consider going vegetarian once a week or more. The benefits of a reduced meat diet are numerous, and there are so many delicious vegetarian recipes out there that you won’t feel like you’re missing out at all.

Here are five great reasons to convince you to pass on the beef a little more often:

1. Shrink your cancer risk. In a study by the British Journal of Cancer, those who ate the most red meat and processed meat had the highest risk of cancer. 

2. Prevent weight gain. A study by Imperial College London found that those who ate about a half pound of red meat, poultry or processed meat daily gained more weight over five years than those who ate less meat, even if they ate the same number of calories. 

3. Do it for the animals. You don’t have to be in PETA to have a soft spot for animals. The 9.1 billion animals that are raised for food each year typically live pretty grim lives. If every American cut out meat just once a week, it could spare the lives of 1.4 billion animals.

4. Save money. This one goes out to all of you broke college kids out there. Skipping meat and getting your protein from eggs, beans or tofu instead saves a ton of cash. These products cost less than $2 a pound, whereas most meats will cost at least double that amount. 

5. These burgers. Click here to read 10 mouth watering veggie burger recipes that will never leave you asking, “Where’s the beef?” 

TASTY TUESDAY // Re-Think Your Drink
Tuesday May 1, 2012

You don’t usually think about them. You can’t see them. They often hide behind masks of fruit or “vitamins.” They find their way into your diet in any number of forms, and they’re super sneaky. Scared? Us too. What are “they,” you ask?

Liquid calories. **dun dun dunnnn** 

Do you start off your day with a fresh glass of 7 teaspoons of sugar? You might, if you have orange juice with your breakfast. Lunch time rolls around, so you enjoy a refreshing pick me up of 10+ teaspoons of sugar. Ew, right? That’s what you’ll be drinking when you down a 12 oz. soda. And what better way to rehydrate after a good workout than with 7-14 teaspoons of sugar? Yeah, put down your sports drink. 

It is so easy to overlook the amount of sugar that is in the beverages you drink regularly, but it’s important to take notice. The sugars hiding in your drinks can add hundreds of unnecessary calories to your diet. Controlling your sugar intake is a very important part of weight management, and maintaining a healthy weight is key to reducing your breast cancer risk.

Need more convincing? Check out this eye-opening picture showing you exactly how much sugar is in some beverages.

Hydrate your body in a healthy way, and don’t drink up all of your calories! Think water, water, water. It’s naturally sugar-free (duh…) and costs about nothing. If you can’t do without your flavored drinks and juices, try adding mint, berries, or lemon to sparkling water, and hand squeeze your juice so you know that the only thing going in there is, in fact, juice. 

Here’s a picture from our girl Crystal. She mixed up a super refreshing drink with just sparkling water and blueberries!

Pause for Prevention: National Cancer Prevention Month
Wednesday February 8, 2012

February is National Cancer Prevention MonthWhile this month serves as a reminder that prevention and preventative measures are important, we should be mindful EACH AND EVERY DAY of what we can do to lower our risks and the impact we have on the lives of those around us. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we want to share some love with you. Here are some simple steps that you can take to love yourself, love each other, and love the environment. How will you show love today?

Your body really is a temple. Eat Consciously, have a healthy diet, and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body weight and to feel good! Check out our Tasty Tuesday posts every week for healthy and delicious meals.

Don’t smoke! It takes a toll on your whole body and accounts for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths. Don’t be a statistic. 

Limit your alcohol intake. A glass of red wine here and there has its benefits, but everything in moderation please!

Embrace pale! A perpetual bronze tan is not worth the permanent abuse it does to your skin. Always use sunscreen, even in the winter months, and stay out of the tanning beds. 

Check One, Two! Do regular monthly self breast exams (SBE’s) and get annual mammograms—don’t wait until you’re 40 either! 

Be a mindful consumer. Our bodies are not only affected by what we put into them, but by what we expose them to as well. A greener environment ensures a healthier you. Do you recycle? If not, start now. Try composting, too. Buy products that use little or no plastic, and support eco-friendly and local companies. 

Think outside yourself and lead by example. How does your lifestyle affect your family, your friends, and your community? If you need to make some changes, start today. And don’t be bashful, share your healthful knowledge with the people you love!