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.

Blood Sugar and Breast Cancer

Blood Sugar Control is Important for Immune Response to Breast Cancer

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) common in breast cancer patients, may interfere with proper immune function by reducing vitamin C levels in the blood.

Hyperglycemia occurs when there is too much circulating sugar in the bloodstream. Elevated blood glucose levels reduces the immune response and can increase bacteria and fungus that the immune system must respond to which is a double whammy.  Our immune system is key to cleaning up cancer cells so we want it to be functionally optimally to prevent as well as heal cancer.

To maintain a healthy blood sugar level, avoid sugary foods and simple carbohydrates such as soda pop, ice cream, candy, white rice and baked goods and instead opt for high-fiber foods such as greens, beans, peas and lentils which help reduce the glycemic load that leads to too much sugar in the blood stream.