At Blogalicious 2012, we had the opportunity to learn about More Birthdays — a movement started by the American Cancer Society to fight for more birthdays for everyone by staying well, getting well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.
This is important to our family — like it might be to yours too.
For us, we lost my husband’s brother in the summer of 2000. He left behind his wife and their three young sons, all under the age of 8. This is why More Birthdays is a movement I am proud to support.
To promote staying well this holiday season, the American Cancer Society has invited bloggers to contribute to a collection of healthier holiday recipes called “A Healthier Holiday Table”. I was honored to be invited to participate and play a small part in More Birthdays. My contribution to A Healthier Holiday Table is Roasted Red Pepper Dip.
Roasted Red Pepper Bean Dip is full of protein and fiber — plus it delicious. The roasted red peppers give the dip lots of beautiful color, which you could add even more red peppers for more holiday “red” color, if you wish.
I generally serve this healthy dip with baked wheat crackers, but you could also serve it with cut vegetables (carrot, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli and more) or baked pita chips.
Here’s my recipe, which you can print or save to ZipList:
- 3 15-ounce cans Great Northern Beans (white beans), rinsed, drained thoroughly
- 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (optional for topping)
- Place beans, red peppers, lemon juice, and olive oil in food processor. Puree until smooth. Add oregano, garlic and red pepper flakes and process until fully incorporated with bean mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. May be served immediately, but for best results, refrigerate for 6 hours. To serve, place into a serving bowl and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, if you wish.
Many of us indulge during the holidays — I know I do — but there are things we can do to have healthier holidays, less cancer and More Birthdays . Here’s a few tips from the American Cancer Society:
- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits every day. Here are two resources with ideas for increasing your fruit and veggie consumption through the day.
- Choose whole grains instead of refined grain products. Here are some ways to add more veggies, fruits, and whole grains to your life while watching your refined carbohydrates, sugar, and fat intake.
- Stock your pantry and refrigerator with a foods that can help you create healthy meals in a hurry. Keep these foods on hand for fast meals on busy nights.
- Being physically active can reduce your risk of several types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), throughout the week. Here are tips to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle.