If you find yourself confused as to what snacks you should buy to fill up your refrigerator and pantry, a good way to make up your mind is to ask yourself which options have the most cancer-fighting properties. Here is a list of snack ideas that will not only fill you up but might actually give you an edge against developing cancer in your lifetime:
Pop a 100-calorie bag of popcorn and to spice it up, add 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and a pinch of garlic powder. Popcorn is a whole grain, and whole grains have cancer-fighting antioxidants, according to research from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
Edamame with Iced Green Tea
Cook 2/3 cup edamame as directed on package. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve with 8 to 12 ounces of iced green tea mixed with 1/2 tsp honey and a squeeze of lemon. Edamame contains cancer-fighting phytonutrients, and the green tea contains cell-protecting catechins. According to a study from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the lemon juice protects the catechins and makes them more available to your body.
Spread 1 tbsp part-skim ricotta and 2 tbsp store-bought tomato bruschetta topping on each of 3 slices melba toast or toasted whole-grain baguette. Scientists suspect that the lycopene in tomato works as an antioxidant that protects the body’s cells against certain cancers.
Fruit and Cheese Plate
Prepare 1 oz of reduced-fat cheddar with 3/4 cup red grapes and 2 whole-grain crackers. The skin of fresh red grapes contains the protective chemical resveratrol, which may reduce your risk of both cancer and heart disease. It can also sharpen your mind. “And there’s no alcohol, which has been linked to certain cancers,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., spokeswoman in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association.