Cherry Ice Smoothie

Cherry Ice Smoothie

  • Cherry Ice Smoothie

Cherries contain melatonin which improves sleep.  You might try this smoothie as a dessert in the evening to see if it helps you drift into deep sleep.  Sweet dreams!

  • 1 cup frozen pitted dark cherries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cherry juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon xylitol

Add sparkling mineral water after it has been blended to add a bubbly kick.
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serves 2

Borscht for Breast Cancer Protection

Borscht for Breast Cancer Protection

Borscht with a Hint of Honey 

If you’re not used to eating borscht, then the sound of ‘cabbage soup’ may seem strange but once you try this you may be as hooked as I am.   This salty and hearty soup is a true comfort food and provides two major breast cancer fighting foods – cabbage and beets.

  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) shoestring beets with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

In a medium saucepan, cook cabbage in vegetable broth over medium heat for 10 minutes, then add remaining ingredients and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 4

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


  • 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

Cauliflower is Breast Cancer Protective

Cauliflower and other Brassica vegetables contain phytochemicals that are protective against hormone sensitive breast cancer.  Studies are finding that they are also particularly effective at protecting postmenopausal women against breast cancer development.

These naturally occurring nutrients in Brassica family vegetables reduce specific estrogen metabolites such as alpha-hydroxyestrone, that promote breast tumor growth.

Brassica vegetables include cabbage, turnips, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.


Apricots Provide Breast Cancer Protection

Apricots Provide Breast Cancer Protection

Apricots contain antioxidants that can reduce pre-cancerous cell changes that may lead to the formation of breast tumors. In a study including 270 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors, a significant association was found between higher blood carotenoid levels and lower numbers of cell markers of oxidative stress. Out of all the carotenoids measured, alpha-carotene, found in orange-colored vegetables and fruits, was the most predictive of lower levels of cellular oxidation, a biological precursor to many cancers.

Fresh and dried apricots make simple snacks and frozen can be added to smoothies.


Favorite Tools – Epicurean Cutting Boards

Favorite Tools – Epicurean Cutting Boards

Epicurean Cutting Boards

One of the very first tools to purchase for your nontoxic kitchen are cutting boards.  Replace your old plastic boards with a natural fiber boards.

I use my cutting boards constantly for chopping veggies.  When we use plastic boards, we end up with tiny bits of plastic chopped and pressed into our food from the board surface.  This is very unhealthy as plastics contain phthalates such as BPA.

When I first starting reading the studies on phthalates and disease, I had plenty of phthalate laden plastic in my home.  This was about 15 years ago and I was still drinking out of plastic water bottles, had plastic food storage containers in my kitchen and had a large plastic cutting board.  I’ve spent a lot of time researching the best non-toxic kitchen equipment and found pressed paper to be the best alternative.

Natural fiber, pressed paper cutting boards are essential in the non-toxic kitchen.  I use the Epicurean professional line* because they are made from organic fiber, do not dull my knives and they’re dishwasher safe.  I’ve had my Epicurean boards for over 4 years and they go in the dishwasher every night.  I have a black one and a natural colored one.  The colors just help me identify which one I use for meat and which one I use for produce. They’re more durable than wood which isn’t as healthy as it seems.  Wood can swell up from the dishwasher and splinter and is porous enough for bacterial growth.

The large size covers my rolling chopping board perfectly and the tiny one fits in a cooler to take on the road.  I bought mine at a boutique kitchen store in my home town of Port Townsend, Washington but I noticed they even have them at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The Epicurean are by far my top pick for non-toxic cutting boards.

*Environmentally friendly Epicurean® Eco Paper Cutting Boards are made with 100% Forest Stewardship Council certified recycled paper.