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Category Archives: Healthy Eating
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …
Black Bean and Walnut Brownies
1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided into two 1/4 cup portions
1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon canola, coconut, or walnut oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9″ x 9″ square baking pan with oil.
In a blender, puree black beans in olive oil. Then add eggs, cocoa, agave/maple sugar, and vanilla. Melt half of the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend …
By Julie Salinger, LICSW
The holiday season is full of cheer, but it can also be stressful, especially for cancer patients and their family caregivers. In addition to the extra time spent on shopping, cooking, and socializing, family interactions may bring complex dynamics, old grievances, and varying expectations to the forefront. The pressure to be “festive” can make even the healthiest person weary.
Here are some tips for patients and their families for an enjoyable holiday season.
Reinvent your rituals.
Rituals are a central part of the holiday season for many families. But, while they can be comforting, they can also create an unrealistic …
As we approach the Thanksgiving meal, Dana-Farber nutritionists offer some easy tips for enjoying the holiday without packing on pounds.
The average Thanksgiving dinner contains at least 3,000 calories. When you add in snacks, appetizers, and drinks throughout the day, you may end up consuming approximately 4,500 calories (two to three times what you may normally eat). Although this is only one meal, excess calories from a holiday season are unhealthy in the long run, as obesity is a risk factor for cancer.
Many traditional Thanksgiving foods start out as whole, nutritious foods, but we often transform them into rich dishes laden …
It is summer and corn is in season across the country. Therefore it is a wonderful time to try corn in a new way! This wonderful corn salad from Ina Garten is my go to recipe for bbq, picnics during the summer and anytime of the year.
It can be made with fresh corn or if in a hurry with frozen corn thawed. I have done it both ways and if using frozen corn, I use two bags. I also have cooked the corn in the microwave instead of on the stove in boiling water.
Its refreshing flavors make it a perfect …
With summer finally here, many vegetables are now in season. It’s a great time to buy them with a guarantee they’ll be fresh. But when the weather is hot, sometimes being in the kitchen and cooking is the last thing you want to do. Sautéing vegetables is a quick and easy way to cook a variety of vegetables without a lot of prep time or clean up. All you need is a pan, some vegetable oil, and a stove. Pour the oil into the pan and wait for it to heat up. Then distribute whatever vegetables you want into the …
With Memorial Day approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outside with family and friends to enjoy barbecues. Although hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad are staples at these affairs, it’s important to keep an eye on the things you’re eating and make healthy choices when possible.
In general, try to stick to lean meats like poultry or fish, or substitute meat with colorful vegetables. For flavoring, use acid-based marinades like lemon or vinaigrettes instead of thick, sugary sauces.
There are many recipes out there that offer nutrient-dense versions of our favorite summer foods. Dana-Farber nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, has narrowed down …
1 egg white
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups walnut halves
4 cups plain Greek yogurt of your choice
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 large bananas, sliced
1 cup of cinnamon roasted walnuts, chopped
Canola oil to grease pan
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Dab a paper towel in vegetable oil and wipe a cookie sheet to grease pan.
Beat egg white and honey together. Mix cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together in a small bowl. Combine with egg mixture. Fold walnuts into the mixture to coat and spread out on greased pan.
Bake until coating on nuts is crusty, about 1 hour. …
As a kid, I put a slight variation on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich by eating mine with only the peanut butter. My love of peanut butter is most likely inherited from my dad, who could probably live off peanut butter if he had to. Last year I went grocery shopping with a friend and saw her pick up a brand of peanut butter I had never noticed. I decided to grab a jar for myself because the flavors sounded amazing, and the packaging was unbelievably cute with a little monkey on the front. From then on, I …