Chefs share healthy breakfast recipes for Stand Up To Cancer

The scary statistic is that one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime.

However, thanks to life-saving research, two in four of us will survive it for ten years or more.

That’s better odds than in the 70s, when it was just one in four.

However, Stand Up To Cancer wants to go one better and has set itself the target of ensuring three out of four people in the UK will survive their cancer by 2034.

Stand Up To Cancer is a national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

This autumn, it’s teaming up with Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, plus an array of famous faces, to encourage people to host a Sunday Brunch-Raiser to help fund the life-saving research.

Everyone from Michel Roux Jr, Tom Kerridge, The Hairy Bikers, Rosemary Shrager, Jamie Oliver, Ravinder Bhogal and Nieves Barragan Mohacho are sharing recipe ideas for you to cook for friends and then ask them to donate the ‘bill’ to the campaign.

If you want to get involved, here are some great, healthy recipe ideas to get you started, approved by nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton.

Tim Lovejoy’s Famous Banana Pancakes

Tim Lovejoy, co-host of Sunday Brunch, has a personal reason for backing the campaign.

‘I didn’t think cancer was something that would affect my life or my family. Then my brother James was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died shortly after at the age of 37. It was such a shock.’

Ingredients (serves 1-2):

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon powder

Method:

A nutritionist says:

‘Spices are used in small amounts in cooking but pack a big punch in terms of their nutrients and bioactive compounds, like polyphenols,’ says Carrie.

‘A study in the European Journal Of Medicinal Chemistry reported that cinnamon has anti-cancer effects thanks to its role in promoting normal cell turnover and fighting free radical damage to body cells. Bananas are rich in potassium, which is great for blood pressure.’

To sign-up and download the free fundraising pack visit su2c.org.uk/brunch

Jamie Oliver’s Berry Pocket Eggy Bread

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 2 thick slices of seeded wholemeal bread
  • 150g raspberries
  • Olive oil
  • 20g shelled pistachios
  • 4 heaped tablespoons fat-free natural yoghurt
  • Manuka honey

Method:

A nutritionist says:

‘Eggs are rich in B vitamins for energy release, vitamin D which supports immune function, iodine for brain health, and choline which has been linked with a lower risk of breast cancer in a Harvard study,’ says Carrie.

Ravinder Bhogal’s Kimchi Royals

Ingredients (serves four):

  • 500g Jersey Royals, halved lengthways
  • 30g butter
  • A few drops of sesame oil
  • 300g kimchi shredded
  • 30ml tamarind concentrate
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Small handful of sesame seeds, toasted
  • 8 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise doctored with a pinch of sugar and a squeeze of lime)
  • Large handful of salted roast peanuts, roughly crushed
  • 8 spring onions, sliced handful of coriander leaves
  • Handful of broken-up spicy prawn crackers

Method:

A nutritionist says:

‘Kimchi is bursting with friendly bacteria, which are vital for the health of the digestive tract and are known to prevent early cancerous changes to gut cells,’ says nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton. ‘Keep the skins on the potatoes for extra vitamin C.’

Dr Carrie Ruxton is a nutritionist for the Health and Food Supplements Information Service

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