Healthy Bites Nutrition Challenge

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: October 2013

Hi. I'm Mary Ellen, a dietician at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites Nutrition Challenge. For the next month, we are asking you to take one animal protein and replace it with a plant protein two to three times each week throughout the month. Eating these plant-based proteins, like nuts and beans, can help prevent muscle loss and it also helps you maintain a healthy weight which lowers your risk for cancer.

I was surprised how easy it was to eat plant-based proteins instead of animal proteins.

I started making a healthy salad for lunch and using beans instead of meat. And I found out that I had a lot more energy and I didn't feel bloated like I did after eating meat.

Adding plant-based proteins to your diet is easier than you might think. A few good choices are beans, tofu, edamame, and hummus. You can learn more about this month's challenge at mdanderson.org/healthybites. You'll also find some tips, tools and recipes to help you achieve this month's challenge. Good luck.