Cancer Hates These Healthy Holiday Treats

Cancer fighting foods have never been more festive or flavorful

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Take advantage of holiday merry making and entertaining to try your hand at some new ways to prepare cancer-fighting goodies.

From dark chocolate and almonds to colorful cranberries and pomegranate, you have lots of choices that will add tasty healthy zest to your holiday meal planning.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has whipped up six, easy-to-make and deliciously healthy delicacies for your holiday season. Each of these snacks delivers powerful, cancer-fighting ingredients your whole family and all of your will enjoy.

"Eat healthy and have fun this holiday season!"

Start with some dark chocolate and add it to almonds, cranberries or dip your Biscotti into the creamy, healthy sweetness. Research suggests that antioxidant-rich dark chocolate helps protect the body against cancer.

As an added bonus, it's also thought that eating small amounts of the dark decadence reduces your risks for heart disease and stroke.

Almonds are loaded with cancer-fighting vitamin E. These crunchy wonders have lots of fiber and magnesium. So along with be an enemy of cancer, cholesterol doesn't like almonds either.

So are you thinking chocolate-covered almonds? Whoo - hoo - and good for you too!

Look for the Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds and Cranberries recipe below, along with snappy Spiced Almonds that are a snap to make.

Cranberries aren't just for scooping out of a can at Thanksgiving. No, fresh whole cranberries - perfectly colored for the season - are full of fiber and have tons of anti-cancer antioxidants. Load up on the Chunky Cranberry Dip.

Ginger Spice Biscotti blends the ideal holiday flavor and delicate pungency with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that may help prevent cancer from ever developing. Fresh ginger is a great addition, by the way, to plain old ordinary water.

Now for a bit of holiday libation, try the smashingly tangy Holiday Citrus Punch and Sparkling Grape Party Punch. They both pop with color and fruity flavor.

No need for alcohol, which research shows even in small quantities can increase your chances of developing cancer. And you'll never miss the spirits in these festive virgin libations that you and your guests will love throughout the season.

And these healthy holiday treats have one more benefit. They'll help you maintain your gorgeous figure without gaining an ounce, if you enjoy everything in moderation.

So ho - ho -  ho - here's wishing you, your family and your friends a happy and deliciously healthy holiday season!

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Review Date: 
December 21, 2011
Last Updated:
December 22, 2011