Cancer-Fighting Breakfast Boosters

By Neal D. Barnard, MD Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC Author of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Posted on | By Neal D. Barnard, MD | Comments ()

Cancer Fighter #4: Super Anti-Cancer Breakfast Smoothie

There’s nothing faster than a morning smoothie and, with the right ingredients, it can be a cancer-fighter, too. Just pop frozen blueberries into your blender with a ripe banana and a cup of almond milk or soymilk. Blend it slowly at first, and then turn it up as the ingredients start to blend. It’s delicious, and great for you!

The rich color of blueberries comes from anthocyanins, natural antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections, just as their cousins, cranberries, do.

For variety, try adding mango or kale to your smoothie. These foods have cancer-fighters of their own.

Click here for Cancer-Fighting Smoothie recipes. Try varieties like mango and blueberry, berries and kale, and the all-berry blaster.

 
A Healthy Bonus

In addition to their cancer-preventing properties, papaya, spinach and blueberries all have fiber. That’s important because fiber satisfies your appetite with essentially no extra calories, protecting you from overeating and helping trim your waistline. The pay off goes beyond what you see in the mirror. Trimming away extra weight reduces your risk of breast and other cancers.

People who eat breakfast daily are 80% less likely to become obese, compared with people who skip breakfast. If you miss breakfast, you’ll tend to overcompensate later in the day, taking in more calories than you would have if you had started your day with a healthy breakfast.

If you’re feeling a bit unsure about papaya, sesame seeds, spinach, or any other healthy addition to your menu – or if you’re reluctant to take time for breakfast – just try it for 3 weeks. Chances are you’ll get hooked on health.  

Neal D. Barnard, MD

Article written by Neal D. Barnard, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC Author of Power Foods for the Brain