Cocoa Popcorn for Breast Cancer Protection

Cocoa Popcorn Recipe

This light cocoa popcorn topping is addictive and provides fiber as well as antioxidants from the dark cocoa powder.  This is a satisfying snack for anytime of day and a light dessert alternative.  Start by popping organic popcorn in extra virgin olive oil.  Stainless steel pans are non-toxic and work well for popcorn.

This recipe is from the award winning iPhone and iPad app iEat for Life: Breast Cancer.  It’s free from iTunes!

  • 4 cups popped popcorn

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
  • 2 teaspoons xylitol or honey
  • 1 teaspoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt to taste with sea salt

Combine butter, xylitol and cocoa and heat in microwave (5-10 seconds), or in a saucepan until melted. Spoon over popcorn and toss.

Serves 2

Blueberry Crumble with Cinnamon

Each of the ingredients supports the healing of breast cancer.  I will be posting this food nutrient research on my blog over the coming weeks.  In the meantime, enjoy this delicious dessert and know that by indulging in this delicious dessert you are proving your body with nutrients that support healing from breast cancer in a variety of ways.

Crumble

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup black raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons xylitol
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Optional

  • 1 ground vanilla bean

Combine all of the dry crumble ingredients, stir in walnut oil and set aside. In a medium bowl combine all of the filling ingredients and pour into an oiled baking dish. Spread the filling evenly and top with the crumble, covering the berry mixture completely. Bake at 325 F for 40 minutes.

Serves 8

Apple Pie Spice Popcorn

Apple Pie Spice Popcorn

Popcorn is a high-fiber, low calorie snack that turns into a vehicle for nutrients when topped with delicious and nutritious spices.  This recipe features cardamom which has been shown to support the reduction of breast cancer cells.

  • 4 cups popped popcorn

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons melted non-dairy butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Combine butter, honey and spice in a glass and melt for 5-10 seconds in a microwave. Pour over popcorn and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 2

Nutrition Tip

Laboratory studies reveal that a combination of black pepper and cardamom can stimulate healthy immune function. A 2010 review outlines the pro-immune action of black pepper and cardamom, whose effects on inflammation and immune cells helps the body regulate the inflammatory response, reduces the risk of cancer, and helps fight existing cancer cells.

Strawberry Hemp Shake

Strawberry Hemp Shake Recipe

This smoothie recipe is from my new book Healing Smoothies for Breast Cancer, which is available in Kindle and iTunes formats.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a major biologically active component of green tea.  Romanian researchers found that EGCG suppresses the growth, migration and invasion of human breast cancer cells by changing human breast cancer cell gene expression.

This blend has vivid berry color and flavor, is slightly sweet and has just hint of green tea.

  • 1/2 cup blueberry nectar
  • 1/2 cup green tea ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp seed

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Serves 2

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 147    Fat 6   Carbs 18   Fiber 4   Protein 5

Braicu C, Gherman CD, Irimie A, Berindan-Neagoe I. (2013) Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG) inhibits cell proliferation and migratory behavior of triple negative breast cancer cells.  Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Potato Kraut Cakes

Potato Kraut Cakes

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 large Russet potato, washed and grated
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine eggs, flour and water in a large bowl and mix well. Then add the  sauerkraut, vegetables and spices. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan. Drop in 1/4 cup of batter and press flat with a fork. Fry each cake until golden and flip over to brown the other side. Set each cake on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.  Serve while still hot.

Serves 4

 

 

 

Vanilla Lime Cream Smoothie

I created this recipe to include cultured coconut milk, as it’s an excellent source of probiotics, which help boost the immune system in a way that helps prevent and heal breast cancer.  Probiotics are important and we don’t get nearly enough of them.  This is a great recipe for anyone who wants to increase their probiotic intake.

Vanilla Lime Cream Smoothie

Creamy and thick like coconut cream with a layers of vanilla, lime, and banana flavor.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cultured coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a high power blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Drink immediately.

Serves 1

Culinary Tip – Cultured coconut milk can be thick like yogurt in which case this combination turns out like a rich pudding that pairs well with sliced fruit as a dessert.  To thin this delicious combination into a more drinkable form, just add 1/2 cup water or coconut water and blend.

Nutrition Tip – Probiotics found in cultured coconut milk such as Lactobacilli acidophilus have an immunomodulatory effect against breast cancer.