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Cancer-Busting Bites: Recipes That Fight Cancer

Easy recipes filled with cancer-fighting foods to boost your health and improve your diet.

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spicy tuna salad sandwich
Jennifer Levy
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Spicy Tuna Salad

It may not win you friends at the office, but packing a lunch with tuna -- a selenium-rich fish -- may help ward off a number of diseases, including breast, esophageal, and bladder cancers.

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Lemony Lentil Soup with Spinach

This powerhouse stew has enough superfoods in it to keep the whole family healthy. Folate-rich spinach and lentils fight breast and pancreatic cancers, while ginger may ward off a number of cancers, including ovarian.

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Grilled Avocado with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Forget about the fat content (it's the good kind!) and focus on the fact that avocados contain more potassium than bananas. The lycopene in tomatoes has been linked to a reduction in lung, colon, cervix, and breast cancers, making this dish worth raising a skinny margarita to.

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Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Garlic

This super-easy dish combines the antioxidant powers of tomatoes with garlic, which has been linked to a reduction in colon and stomach cancers. Best of all, this disease-busting dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes!

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Lemon-Butter Salmon & Broccoli Penne

Skip the fish oil and get your dose of omega-3 with this yummy pasta supper. Salmon is chock-full of essential fatty acids, which have been linked to reduced levels of prostate, breast, and colon cancers.

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Mini Sweet Potato Gratins

Perfect for any holiday table, this decadent dish packs a powerful health punch. Sweet potatoes (along with other orange veggies like carrots) contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that provides your body with vitamin A, which may prevent lung cancer in smokers.

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Roasted Veggie Frittata

We love meals that double as brunch or dinner, so the fact that this frittata is also full of cancer-fighting foods is a bonus. In addition to the health boost you'll get from all the veggies, eggs provide folate and vitamin D, linked to lower breast cancer risk and better survival among lung cancer patients.

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Shrimp and Shiitake Risotto

Patience at the stove means you'll be rewarded with a meal that's ready for company. Though your dinner invite may not have room for nutrition info, your guests can eat up knowing that this dish packs a double-whammy against cancer -- the folate in shrimp plus the selenium-rich mushrooms.

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Coconut-Curry Chicken Fingers with Cashew

According to some studies, eating as few as 12 cashews a day can reduce your colon cancer risk, which makes this 20-minute dinner perfect for busy weeknights.

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Berry Parfait

You can choose whatever mix of antioxidant-rich berries you'd like for this sweet and light treat, but research indicates that black raspberries in particular may thwart colon and esophageal tumors. Go ahead -- have seconds!

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, October 2012.

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