Make Nutrition your Tradition with Wholesome Holiday Recipes

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Committed to encouraging healthful dietary choices, Texas Oncology adds another good-for-you holiday recipe to its easy-to-make, nutritious holiday collection – Gingerbread Granola. Low in sodium and high in fiber, Gingerbread Granola is packed with healthy ingredients like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, golden raisins, and dried apricots, making it a delicious and nutritious way to celebrate the season.

A healthy lifestyle and proper dietary habits can lower the risk of disease and contribute to overall well-being.

A healthy diet is an important weapon in the fight against disease. Often, the holidays are a time of overindulgences, stressors, and hurried schedules that can challenge healthy eating. Committed to encouraging healthful dietary choices, Texas Oncology adds another good-for-you holiday recipe to its easy-to-make, nutritious holiday collection – Gingerbread Granola. Low in sodium and high in fiber, Gingerbread Granola is packed with healthy ingredients like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, golden raisins, and dried apricots, making it a delicious and nutritious way to celebrate the season.

Nearly a third of cancer deaths in 2010 could be prevented because they are related to poor nutrition, obesity, and physical inactivity, according to the American Cancer Society. The organization also states: “There is strong scientific evidence that healthy dietary patterns, in combination with regular physical activity, are needed to maintain a healthy body weight and to reduce cancer risk.”

“Nutrition plays a major role in promoting good health,” said Dr. Arvind Bhandari, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Sugar Land. “A healthy lifestyle and proper dietary habits can lower the risk of disease and contribute to overall well-being.”

Packed with Nutrition
Gingerbread Granola served as a snack, sprinkled over yogurt, or with milk brings together the satisfying tastes of nostalgic comfort food and healthful ingredients. Flax seeds, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, add an earthy, subtle nut flavor, while sunflower seeds are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats.

High-protein almonds supply magnesium and Vitamin E. Dried apricots, with their rich, sweetly tart taste and vibrant color, are a good source of potassium and beta carotene, which may reduce risk for some types of cancers of the lungs and mouth. Golden raisins, a great source of energy, provide texture, color, fiber, and potassium.

Good for Gifts, Good for You
Gingerbread Granola serves as a reminder that maintaining good nutrition during the holidays and beyond helps promote overall health. For more information about Gingerbread Granola or other holiday recipes from Texas Oncology, including Holiday Crunch Time, Jingle Jam, and Holly Jolly Biscotti, visit http://www.TexasOncology.com/GingerbreadGranola.

Whether served by the hearth, around the tree with family, or as a special gift, Gingerbread Granola is sure to become a holiday favorite.

Not only is Gingerbread Granola full of healthy ingredients, it is also versatile:

  •     Combine it with milk for a healthy start to the morning.
  •     Sprinkle it over yogurt with fresh fruit.
  •     Put it on top of ice cream for a sweet treat.
  •     Serve it as a nutritious afternoon snack.
  •     For seasonal color, add dried cherries, which are rich in Vitamin C.
  •     Sweeten it up with bits of dark chocolate for antioxidant power.
  •     Add chopped pecans or walnuts for a nutty dose of protein.
  •     Mix in sesame seeds for a calcium boost.

Enjoy healthier holiday meals with these quick nutritional tips:

  •     Prepare holiday meals rich in fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and legumes, such as cranberries, pumpkins, clementines, beets, sweet potatoes, and lentils.
  •     Vegetables in the cabbage family are rich in fiber and protective vitamins, so load up on Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and turnip greens.
  •     Instead of buying a frozen turkey, try a natural, fresh one free of artificial ingredients.
  •     Skip the mashed potatoes in favor of cauliflower, celery root, or turnip purees.
  •     Review favorite holiday recipes to substitute butter or lard with healthy oils such as olive, canola, and other vegetable oils.
  •     Add fiber, “good fats,” and a host of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals with chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts.
  •     When planning holiday menus, select foods that represent a rainbow of colors, like dark, leafy greens and seasonal fruits and vegetables, including berries.
  •     Serve whole grain bread with holiday meals, which contains fiber, folic acid, and iron, or use whole wheat bread in stuffing.
  •     Limit sugary drinks, like eggnog, and serve sparkling cider for toasting. For the table, dress up water for the holidays with cranberry ice cubes.

Texas Oncology is looking out for Texans’ health, providing them with the leading technologies and treatment options available.

About Texas Oncology
Texas Oncology delivers high-quality cancer care with leading-edge technology and advanced treatment and therapy options available to help patients achieve “More breakthroughs. More victories.” ® in their fights against cancer, right in their own communities. Texas Oncology, a pioneer in community-based cancer care, is an independent oncology practice with sites of service throughout Texas, southern New Mexico, and southeastern Oklahoma. Related practices include Texas Breast Specialists and Texas Urology Specialists, which focus on all areas of breast and urologic care.

Texas Oncology patients have the opportunity to take part in some of the most promising clinical trials in the nation for a broad range of cancers. Through its affiliation with US Oncology and the US Oncology Research network, Texas Oncology participates in innovative clinical trials from Phase I through Phase IV, and has played a role in the development of 42 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved cancer therapies.

Texas Oncology is united in healing with US Oncology, Inc., (http://www.usoncology.com) the leading integrated oncology company. US Oncology unites the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research network to expand patient access to high-quality care and advance the science of cancer care. As an affiliate of the United Network of US Oncology, physicians and clinicians at Texas Oncology are united with more than 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals from across the country.

For more information, visit http://www.TexasOncology.com or call 1-888-864-I CAN (4226).

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