Did you know? Recent research shows that more than 40% of cancer deaths could be prevented through lifestyle strategies, like healthy eating or self-exams. For those of us with breasts and ovaries, it’s never too early to develop a personalized plan for prevention. It all starts with becoming aware of our unique risk factors. Family history, physical features, and daily habits can all impact our chances of developing cancer.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re encouraging everyone to #AssessThenAct: take the Assess Your Risk quiz, and then create a preventative action plan to protect your health. Get started in just 5 minutes today.
If you’re at a low, moderate, or high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, one of the simplest preventative strategies you can implement is embracing healthy eating habits. Whole grains and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables help keep our bodies healthy and reduce our chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer. To get you started, Bright Pink team member Cavya has shared some of her healthy, mouth-watering recipes below!
Bright Pink Smoothie Bowl
This super tasty smoothie bowl is a breeze to whip together and will probably make your Instagram dreams come true. And if that’s not enough to sell you, nutrient-packed ingredients like berries, tropical fruit, and flax seeds can help you lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. What more could you want?
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup mango chunks
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- ¼ cup raspberries
Blend together frozen berries, greek yogurt, and almond milk into a thick smoothie. Pour into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Feel like a goddess of health and wellness.
Vegan Lentil Curry with Brown Rice
This quick and simple curry packs in tons of protein and flavor and is the perfect go-to for #MeatlessMondays. Consuming high amounts of red meat has been proven to increase your risk of breast cancer, so cutting down whenever possible is always a great idea. Plus, a ton of these ingredients is on our cancer-fighting grocery list!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp of fresh, minced ginger
- 1 jalapeño, diced with seeds removed (optional)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 dried red chili pepper (optional)
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp whole or ground cumin
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed thoroughly
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup brown rice
Cook brown rice according to package directions. In a medium saucepan, saute onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapeño in olive oil until soft. Add in spices (mustard seeds, dried chili, turmeric, cumin, and curry powder) and let them toast for about 30 seconds. Add in diced tomato, coconut milk, water, salt, pepper, and lentils, simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft and fully cooked. Add in baby spinach and stir. Serve over brown rice garnished with cilantro, a lime wedge, and a side of your favorite veggie.
We know you’ll love these delicious, risk-reducing recipes. If you try them out, make sure to post your finished product on Instagram and tag @BeBrightPink so we can ❤️️your pic!