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April at a Glance

You’re busy. We get it. (We are, too!) That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on our healthy eating tips and tools. Below, we highlight our favorite bite-sized tips from this month’s issue.

Dinner in a Dash

  • Too busy to prep healthy meals? Stock up on frozen stir-fry veggies, pre-sliced veggies or steamer-bag veggies.
  • “Blanch” green veggies like asparagus, snap peas and green beans before freezing. This will preserve them — and their cancer-fighting nutrients — so you can enjoy them later.
  • Flavor intensifies in food during freezer time. So, leave out the salt, pepper and spices until you’re ready to serve.

Get more supper shortcuts.

Grocery List: Prevention in Your Pantry

  • Tend to make unhealthy impulse buys at the grocery store? Make a grocery list — better yet, use ours — before you shop.
  • Stock up on a variety of fruits and veggies. The more variety, the more cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals you’ll get.
  • Curb your cancer risk by ditching the red meat for lean chicken or turkey, lean fish, tofu and low-sodium beans.

Download our grocery list (PDF).

Diet Review: Foods for Thought

  • Looking for a diet you can actually stick with? Choose one that gives you lots of options from all food groups.
  • Don’t have celiac disease? Then don’t go gluten-free. You'll miss out on whole grains that help prevent cancer.
  • Starting a weight-loss program? Make sure you’re not losing more than 2 pounds per week. Otherwise, you'll damage your body and make it harder to fight off disease.

Get the skinny on eating right for life.

Drink a Glass of Health

  • Want to help your body get rid of toxins that put you at risk of diseases like cancer? Drink lots of fluids.
  • Coffee’s anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent some cancers but stick to eight ounces per day.
  • Want a cup of tea? Choose white or green tea. They're less processed than black tea, so they have more cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Want more tips on filling your glass? Drink up!

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Free Cancer Screening Exams

MD Anderson is offering free oral cancer screening exams on Friday, April 19.

And, free skin cancer screening exams are on Saturday, May 4. No appointments necessary! 

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