In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, these recipes from registered dietitians are full of cancer-fighting ingredients.
Go Pink for October
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we're seeing pink everywhere. Research has shown that eating fruits and veggies has been associated with a lower breast cancer risk, thanks to their high content of carotenoids, anthocyanins, antioxidants, phenolic compounds, and other nutrients. Turns out that lots of the pink and red-hued favorites like cherries, berries, and beets are especially potent. Cheers to that!
Get into the pink spirit this month and try these RD-approved healthy drink recipes.
Strawberry Coconut Energy Smoothie
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This strawberry coconut smoothie from dietitian Kelli Shallal is packed with superfoods. The vitamin C in fruits like strawberries has been associated with decreased cancer risk. The recipe also adds vitamin C-rich maca powder, along with other nutrition powerhouses like pea protein and green tea powder.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
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Berry Cocoa Almond Smoothie
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Berries are loaded with vitamin C as well as phenolic compounds. They're especially rich in anthocyanosides, an extremely powerful antioxidant. Cocoa has also been studied for its role in cancer prevention. RD Amy Gorin combines the two in this smoothie for a sweet, chocolaty treat.
Get the recipe: Berry Cocoa Almond Smoothie
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Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie
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The tangerine in this strawberry-kissed smoothie by dietitian Natalie Rizzo packs an additional cancer-fighting punch thanks to the high beta-carotene content. A large prospective study of more than 30,000 women found that those with the highest plasma levels of carotenoids like beta-carotene had a reduced breast cancer risk over a 20-year follow-up period.
Get the recipe: Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie
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Strawberry Beet Smoothie Bowl
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A compound in beets called betalain, which gives them that rich, red color, has been shown to fight inflammation and hinder tumor growth. If you haven't tried beets in a smoothie yet, you've been missing out. This smoothie bowl is a delicious way to start your morning with maximum vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Beet Smoothie Bowl
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Grapefruit Smoothie with Berries and Mint
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Dietitian Marisa Moore's smoothie features sweet strawberries (for fighting free radicals!), subtle zing from grapefruit, and refreshing mint. Yum!
Get the recipe: Grapefruit Smoothie with Berries and Mint
Photo: Marisa Moore
Strawberry Squash Smoothie
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This strawberry smoothie from sneaks in frozen summer squash for extra nutrients and a creamy texture, and the chia seeds add extra fiber (also found to lower cancer risk in young adults). Enjoy this for breakfast or as a filling snack!
Get the recipe: Strawberry Squash Smoothie
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Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail
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This cocktail recipe is a great twist on strawberry mojitos that features kombucha, a fermented tea beverage. While the jury's still out on whether kombucha can be considered a cancer-fighting drink, the probiotic bacteria in fermented foods like kombucha have been shown to be beneficial for digestive health, which helps keeps your body and brain healthy too.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail
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Breakfast Berry Smoothie
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Cherry Limeade Slushie
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Cherries are another fruit that's packed with antioxidants and phenolic compounds that fight inflammation and have shown promise in cancer treatment. This zingy cherry limeade smoothie from dietitian Melanie Flinn makes a nutritious alternative to a convenience store or drive-through slushie.
Get the recipe: Cherry Limeade Smoothie
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Black Forest Smoothie Bowl
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Who doesn't love a healthy drink that tastes like dessert? Sure you could pour your smoothie in a glass, but eating with a spoon from a bowl can help you feel like you're having a full meal. This Black Forest smoothie bowl is a tasty way to work cancer-fighting cherries into your diet.
Get the recipe: Black Forest Smoothie Bowl
Photo: RDelicious Kitchen
Pomegranate Grapefruit Coconut Ginger Smoothie
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Pomegranate is another powerful fruit that's been shown to fight inflammation and may help prevent cancer. Culinary nutritionist Katie Cavuto's ginger smoothie is the perfect combo of sweet and tart—delicious any time of year!
Get the recipe: Pomegranate Grapefruit Coconut Ginger Smoothie
Photo: Katie Cavuto
Wild Blueberry Ginger Kombucha Smoothie
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Blueberries, like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries, boast tons of vitamins, antioxidants, and phenolic compounds like anthocyanins. This wild blueberry ginger smoothie from registered dietitian Dixya Bhattarai features ginger kombucha for an extra kick.
Get the recipe: Wild Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
Photo: Dixya Bhattarai
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Watermelons are also high in carotenoids as well as the antioxidant lycopene, which has been studied for its role in cancer prevention. Make these watermelon mojitos for your next girls' night. This recipe is packed with flavor without the added sugar in a traditional mojito.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Mojitos
Berry Beet Recovery Smoothie
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Pretty In Pink Veggie Smoothie
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This vegetable-rich smoothie by EA Stewart of the Spicy RD gets its gorgeous color from beets. It even counts as a green smoothie, thanks to the addition of chard.
Get the recipe: Pretty in Pink Veggie Smoothie
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