We all know that proper nutrition plays an important role in thriving despite a breast cancer diagnosis, but does anyone else think that healthy foods can be, well, boring? How do you overcome this barrier of finding actual tasty AND healthy food?
Healthy food doesn’t have to be a salad, or something raw for that matter. Some simple substitutions in daily eating habits can make food significantly healthier! For example, in a recipe that calls for ground beef, try opting for ground turkey. Ground turkey is much leaner than ground beef, and most of the time the person eating it can’t tell a difference! Another good substitution is quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH) for rice. It’s a great source of phosphorous and manganese, which are two essential minerals! Sweet potatoes are also a great addition to a dinner rotation. They are high in carotenoids, which are precursors to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important in eyesight, immune function, and acts as an antioxidant (that means it helps fight off cancer and signs of aging)!
Want a recipe using these healthy diet staples? Try this comforting sweet potato and quinoa turkey chili, perfect for a cold February night. The recipe is listed in the scroll box on the right side of this page.
-Kayla Lewis, BS