March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
For colon health, Dr. Isabelle von Althen-Dagum, a gastroenterologist at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, N.Y., recommends a diet high in fish, vegetables and fruits.
To foster a colon-healthy diet at home, try these simple meal ideas from von Althen-Dagum.
Sioux Lookout Salad
This salad is a healthy lunch or starter.
- Make a salad of fresh spinach and strawberries.
- Put 1 cup of almonds, ½ cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of water into a saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is caramelized and coats the almonds.
- Place the almonds on aluminum foil to cool.
- Once cooled, sprinkle the almonds over your salad and drizzle with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
For a side dish to pair with chicken or fish, try this simple recipe for roasted butternut squash.
- Peel and cut the squash into bite-size pieces, then season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place the squash onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Once the squash is done (it’s ready if you can pierce it easily with a fork), top it with fresh, chopped cilantro and ½ cup of low-fat, shredded cheddar cheese.
Put a vegetarian twist on a Mexican delight by using canned black beans, red beans and chickpeas as the focus of your fajita.
- Rinse the beans and put them in a saucepan with a little bit of water. Warm on the stove until heated through.
- Move them to a bowl and toss them with your favorite brand of salsa.
- Once mixed, place the beans in the center of a flour tortilla and top with sour cream, guacamole or more salsa.
- Lastly, garnish with Dr. von Althen-Dagum’s favorite: cilantro.
Have you tried any of these meals yourself? In what ways do you maintain a colon healthy diet? Tell us in the comments below!
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