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Prevent Colon Cancer with February’s Healthy Meal Plan

Keri Tidwell

Slicing zucchini on cutting board

Winter is still upon us, but there are plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables in season. To help you with your New Year’s resolutions or just to give your meal plan a little boost, here are 28 recipes to help prevent colon cancer for the month of February, including a delectable Valentine’s Day dinner! Many of the recipes incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables.

Vegetables and Fruits in Season:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine)
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash (acorn, butternut, delicata, kabocha, spaghetti)

Last month, I challenged you to find at least one new, unfamiliar piece of produce to try out. I chose beets. While my family was not too keen on the Goat Cheese and Walnut Beet Salad recipe (I liked it!), they did come around to the Roasted Beets and Sweets recipe. It was definitely a fun way to change up our meals and try something new!

Cauliflower: How to Cook it and Why it Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

This month we’re going to tackle cauliflower. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and kale. High in Vitamins C and K, cauliflower is a good source of fiber, which does wonders for colon health. Fiber works as a colon cleanser, picking up waste and debris left behind during the digestive process.

Cauliflower also has a nice mild flavor that you can easily disguise (source Mercola). Personally, I prefer cauliflower rice to white or brown rice. It is lower in calories and carbs and does not leave me feeling bloated like regular rice does. In addition to ricing it, there are many ways to fix cauliflower: roasted, boiled, pickled, steamed, sautéed and raw.

Let me encourage you to find short cuts to healthy cooking when and where you can. Doing so will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. For example, try to keep frozen cauliflower rice on hand. Also, look for bags of fresh, pre-chopped vegetables in the produce section. Saving time can help ensure that you eat a healthy meal.

Here’s Your February Meal Plan:

February 2018 Meal Plan

If you download and use this February Meal Plan, please let us know in the comments below what recipes you tried and liked. I’d love any feedback, so I can improve the monthly colon-healthy meal plans. For these and over 1,800 recipes, follow my “Colon-Healthy Recipes” board on Pinterest!

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