Thursday, February 3, 2011

Our Cancer Fighting Breakfast

Many have asked for the recipe for our oatmeal "plus" breakfast. Melanoma is an immune system cancer (possibly aided by hormone fueling). So we are really trying to focus on eating anti-inflammatory foods. Turmeric and cinnamon are two spices known for their anti-inflammatory properties. For the turmeric to be effectively absorbed you need to add a bit of pepper. In Meagan's case our M.D./naturopath doc recommended taking an additional supplement turmeric- so we picked up the New Chapter brand TurmericForce, the 400mg soft gel capsules.

Here is our morning breakfast recipe:

1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of pepper
about 5 almonds chopped
10-15 raisins
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
then add either milk or water (your preference) to cover
microwave for 2 minutes or so

Then for a special treat and added soluble fiber and nutrition - sprinkle on about a tablespoon of chia seeds. Yes, like in chia pet. Chia is a superfood (like quinoa). It was considered one of the most important foods of the Aztecs and used as currency. Because it absorbs 9 times its size in water it was a heck of a food to consume if you were headed out on a long march. It does have to be refrigerated. The chia seeds,not the oatmeal.

I can tell you this breakfast sticks to your ribs - perfect for lumberjacking days up at our place on Decatur Island.

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