- Sami’s Kitchen Gluten Free Bagels (or any brand you like)
- Kite Hill Dairy Free Cream Cheese (or any brand you like)
- Thinly sliced red onion
- The best, most beautiful tomatoes you can find
- Toast split bagel while prepping the other ingredients. This will be super fast.
- Most important: make sure the onion and tomatoes are really thinly sliced.
- Once the bagel is toasted, spread with the “cream cheese”, press the capers and red onion slivers into the cheese and top with the tomatoes, layering them, mimicking the look of lox. Yum!
Growing up in a small town, I didn’t know what bagels and lox were but once I discovered them, I was in love! Such a great way to start a lazy weekend morning! THEN…I learned that gluten, dairy and raw fish were not so good for me…boo! This recipe gave me back this guilty pleasure without all of the downsides. With the holidays coming up, This recipe is a perfect crowd pleaser AND, is something you can prep and let your guests assemble as they stumble out of bed. Make a pot of coffee and/or a pitcher of mimosas and you will be known as the best hostess ever!
So, just a few health notes: Benefits! You know how I rave about onions and tomatoes…so many antioxidants. Lycopene is the best known antioxidant in tomatoes and is associated with reduction in the risk of many cancers, improved bone health and cardiovascular function. Tomatoes are also high in Vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum, vitamin K and many other vitamins and minerals. Onions are loaded with anti-cancer, anti-fungal and overall disease preventing nutrients. You can read more about these 2 amazing foods at www.whfoods.org. Capers are a little known power house full of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber. They are particularly beneficial for hair and skin health and are helpful for reducing rheumatism, diabetes, congestion and flatulence!
Dairy links to cancer: (this info is from www.drmitraray.com)
I recommend two excellent best-selling books by Prof. T. Colin Campbell, ‘the father of nutritional biochemistry ‘are The China Study and Whole. These books describe decades of research linking cancer with the consumption of casein (the predominant protein in dairy), and animal food consumption in general.
The New York Times calls the China Study “the Grand Prix of Epidemiology” –http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/08/science/huge-study-of-diet-indicts-fat-and-meat.html. –http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/nutrition-advice-from-the-china-study/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 http://nutritionstudies.org/no-whey-man-ill-pass-on-protein-powder/
Also here is a quick list of papers on the topic.
. Rohrmann S, Platz EA, Kavanaugh CJ, et al. Meat and dairy consumption and subsequent risk of prostate cancer in a US cohort study. Cancer Causes Control 2007; 18: 41-50.
. Mitrou PN, Albanes D, Weinstein SJ, et al. A prospective study of dietary calcium, dairy products and prostate cancer risk (Finland). Int J Cancer 2007;
. Willett WC. Nutrition and cancer. Salud Publica Mex 1997; 39: 298–309.
. Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, et al. Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians’ Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2001; 74: 549-54
. Tseng M, Breslow RA, Graubard BI, Ziegler RG. Dairy, calcium, and vitamin D intakes and prostate cancer risk in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Epidemiologic Follow-up Study cohort. Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81:
. Veierod MB, Laake P, Thelle DS. Dietary fat intake and risk of prostate cancer: a prospective study of 25,708 Norwegian men. Int J Cancer 1997; 73:
. Grant WB. An ecologic study of dietary links to prostate cancer. Altern Med Rev 1999; 4: 162-9.
. Kushi LH, Mink PJ, Folsom AR, et al. Prospective study of diet and ovarian cancer. Am J Epidemiol 1999; 149: 21-31.
. Fairfield KM, Hunter DJ, Colditz GA, et al. A prospective study of dietary lactose and ovarian cancer. Int J Cancer 2004; 110: 271-7
. Schwartz GG, Hulka BS. Is vitamin D deficiency a risk factor for prostate cancer? (Hypothesis). Anticancer Res 1990; 10: 1307-11.
. Miller A, Stanton C, Murphy J, Devery R. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)-enriched milk fat inhibits growth and modulates CLA-responsive biomarkers in MCF-7 and SW480 human cancer cell lines. Br J Nutr 2003; 90: 877-85.