Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on April 24.
When it comes to fighting or preventing cancer, what you eat can be just as important as what you do. In this ongoing series, AMITA Health Cancer Institute’s clinical dietitians recommend a new recipe each month that helps boost your immune system, enhancing the overall effectiveness of your treatment plan. Even if you do not have cancer, these delicious dishes will help you feel your best.
Greek Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
A piping hot roast chicken, freshly pulled from the oven is more than just a mouth-watering sight and a delicious dinner — it's also packed with nutrients and cancer-fighting chemicals that could help keep you healthier, longer. Prepare some greens to go alongside the veggies and about four ounces of this chicken for a fiber-filled, plant-centered meal. As for the chicken, it might not have any particular cancer-fighting properties on its own, but it is a preferable alternative to red meat in that regard.
The real superheroes in this dish, however, are the root veggies. Carrots contain several phytochemicals, which can help inhibit cancer growth. Specifically, the phytochemical beta-carotene (which gives carrots their orange color) is a carotenoid, which specifically lowers the risk of mouth, pharynx and larynx cancers. The parsnips also provide vitamin C and plenty of folate and fiber for colon health. Overall, it's a guest-worthy dinner that will have your body thanking you.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 60 Minutes | Yields: 6 Servings
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 whole chicken
6 fingerling potatoes, scrubbed (peel on)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
2 parsnips, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat the roasting pan with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the pan.
Toss the potatoes, carrots and parsnips with the olive oil, then place them in the roasting pan around the chicken. Sprinkle chicken and vegetables with Greek seasoning.
Bake for 10 minutes and then lower the heat to 350 degrees.
Continue to bake until the chicken temperature is 165 degrees (test with a cooking thermometer inserted near the thigh), approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Baste the chicken and vegetables at least twice with the cooking juices before it has finished cooking.
Remove and discard the skin of the chicken. Serve hot.
Note: recipe adapted from www.eatright.org
Diet, Nutrition and Integrative Oncology
Diet is a cornerstone of integrative oncology, a new approach to cancer treatment that supplements traditional therapies (i.e., chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) with a regimen of exercise, lifestyle modifications and stress reduction. If one thinks of cancer as a weed and traditional treatments as the “weed killer,” integrative oncology focuses on optimizing your body’s “soil.” By strengthening your immune system, integrative oncology helps your body naturally fight the cancer. This eases your symptoms, helps prevent recurrence and improves your long-term quality of life.
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Source: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital