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5 Tips For A Healthy July 4th

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Have a happy and healthy 4th of July with these tips:
  1. Don’t go on an empty stomach! Eat an apple, nuts, smoothie or healthy snack before you go.
  2. Make healthy choices. Fill up on fruit, vegetables, and salads first. Skip the heavy dips and chips! Avoid dishes that you don’t know how they were made or include unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients. For more tips, download the #iGoPinkChallenge Guide – click here.
  3. Eat slowly. Use small plates, take your time eating, and drink water before and during your meal.
  4. Bring your own dish. Share healthy recipes with family and friends, and make sure you have options for you to enjoy – like our Watermelon Tomato Salad.
  5. Be social. Instead of hanging around the food table, mingle with family and friends. Enjoy the company you are with and have a wonderful time at the celebration!

Get more healthy tips and learn what healthy foods to fill up on in our FREE #iGoPinkChallenge Guide – Download Here

Watermelon Tomato Salad – Healthy 4th of July Recipe

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Celebrate the 4th of July with the fresh flavors of summer in our Watermelon Tomato Salad! This healthy dish is delicious and is perfect to share with family and friends while enjoying fireworks in honor of Independence Day. Watch step-by-step how to make this quick and easy recipe in the video below:

WATERMELON TOMATO SALAD RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups watermelon, freshly chopped into cubes
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, yellow or orange color and sliced into halves
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper

Steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add watermelon, tomatoes, and red onion together.
  2. In a small bowl, add and stir together balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  3. Add dressing mix to ingredients in large bowl and stir together.
  4. Break basil leaves up into small pieces and add to large bowl.
  5. Add salt and pepper to large bowl (to taste).
  6. Mix ingredients all together.
  7. Chill in fridge (up to a few hours) until ready to plate and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

Share your healthy tips and recipes with us on social media with the hashtag #iGoPinkChallenge for your chance to be featured by The Breast Cancer Charities of America and win iGoPink gear!

Wine Women & Shoes Announces Presenting Sponsor

Pictured Above: Susan Mack, EXIT Lone Star Realty & Erica Johnson, Breast Cancer Charities of America

Pictured Above: Susan Mack, EXIT Lone Star Realty & Erica Johnson, Breast Cancer Charities of America

 

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is pleased to announce that EXIT Lone Star Realty will be the presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes Houston when it returns to The Woodlands on September 24, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.     
 
“We are so honored to have EXIT Lone Star Realty as our presenting sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes this year” said Erica Johnson.  “Their commitment to the fight against breast cancer is tremendous and they truly are partners to helping women and their families.” 
 
“Breast cancer is something that hits home for too many of us” said Susan Mack, Owner/Broker of EXIT Lone Star Realty.  “My niece was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 23 years old…ever since it’s been a wake up call to my family and a cause I’m passionate about supporting.”
 
In 2014, Wine Women & Shoes was a VIP sell out event and this year expects to be no different with new features such as the Exclusive Jewelry Sponsor, Kendra Scott’s ‘Sip & Sparkle’ VIP Station and the return of the ever popular designer filled ‘Key to the Closet’. 
 
Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now.  VIP tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.  Sponsorship opportunities also remain.  To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston
 
Additional event sponsors include: Kendra Scott, BMW The Woodlands, Trina Turk, Elaine Turner, CHLOE Wine Collection, Radiance Advanced Skin & Body Care, A Memorable Event, blo Blow Dry Bar, Speedpro Imaging, Mindy Harmon Photography, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Brio Tuscan Grille, Villa Sport, KB Kasuals,Morgan Stanley Wealthy Management, Tara Flannery Photography, Stori Brie Photography, Pinnacle Insurance, Nearly Me, Neal Hamil Agency, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Reviewit, Sunny 99.1, Fox 26, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, Living Magazine, ConnexionW, Community Impact and Woodlands Online. 

3 Day Meal Plan: What Do I Eat On The #iGoPinkChallenge?

Many are taking charge of their health and joining us on the #iGoPinkChallenge! Have you committed to a healthy lifestyle and downloaded our FREE guide? Download the #iGoPinkChallenge guide and start making choices today! Click Here to download, save and print.

Not sure how to get started? One of our staff members, Jennifer, shares 3 days of her meals that you too can eat, enjoy, and still keep on track and on the plan!

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Day 1

  • 16 oz water
  • (1) Breakfast: Creamy Cinnamon Banana Crunch
    • Brown Rice Cake, Lightly Salted
    • 1% Low Fat Cottage Cheese
    • Sliced Banana
    • Cinnamon
    • Coffee with liquid stevia extract and unsweetened almond milk
  • Snack: Fresh Fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew)
  • 16 oz water
  • (2) Lunch: Ahi Tuna Salad
    • Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame Seeds
    • Salad: spring greens, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, roasted peppers, red onions, toasted soy nuts
    • SPECIAL REQUEST: Wasabi-soy Vinaigrette Dressing on the side
    • Iced Water with lime
  • 16 oz water
  • Snack: Carrots and Celery with Almond Butter
  • (3) Dinner: Turkey Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles
    • Baked Turkey Meatballs: 99% lean turkey, 1 egg, fresh chopped basil, chopped sweet onion, ground garlic and onion powder, black pepper, sea salt
    • Tomato Sauce: Crushed tomatoes, olive oil, sliced onion, minced garlic, fresh chopped basil, black pepper, sea salt
    • Zucchini Noodles: Thinly sliced (hand-cut) zucchini squash sautéed in olive oil with black pepper and sea salt
    • Cranberry Lime Water – to see the recipe, click here
  • 16 oz water

Day 2

  • 16 oz water
  • (4) Breakfast: Egg White Omelette
    • Egg Whites, Cage Free and Grain Fed
    • Sliced Sautéed Sweet Onion
    • Coconut Oil, Cold Pressed
    • Ketchup, Used Sparingly (Organic, No Corn Syrup)
    • Sea Salt, Dash
    • Coffee with liquid stevia extract and unsweetened almond milk
  • Snack: Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 16 oz water
  • (5) Lunch: Meatball Italian Salad
    • Dinner Leftovers: Turkey Meatballs and Tomato Sauce
    • Salad: Blend of kale, spinach, and butter lettuce, fresh basil, olives, roasted garlic, freshly grated black pepper
    • Dressing: Balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard (mix of equal parts)
    • Sparkling Water
  • 16 oz water
  • Snack: Brown Rice Crackers and Hummus
  • (6) Dinner: Mexican Street Tacos
    • Tacos: Corn tortillas, fajita chicken, fresh cilantro, chopped tomato and onion (no sauce on tacos)
    • Dressing on the side: Roasted Tomato Salsa and Salsa Verde
    • Skinny Margarita: Fresh lime juice, club soda, tequila, and stevia – shaken and served on the rocks

Day 3

  • 16 oz water
  • (7) Breakfast: Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal
    • Quick Cooking Oats, Water, Stevia, Vanilla, Cinnamon
    • Topping: Sliced Banana and Cinnamon
    • Coffee with liquid stevia extract and unsweetened almond milk
  • Snack: Fresh Fruit (apple)
  • 16 oz water
  • (8) Lunch: Ahi Poke
    • Raw Chopped Ahi Tuna on top of guacamole (avocado, onion, tomato, garlic, lime juice, pepper, salt)
    • Cole Slaw: Cabbage tossed in light vinaigrette
    • SPECIAL REQUEST: Soy glaze and creamy dressing on the side
    • Unsweetened Iced tea
  • 16 oz water
  • Snack: raw vegetables and low fat dressing
  • (9) Dinner: Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables
    • Grilled shrimp: wild caught shrimp, coconut oil, cajun seasoning, garlic, black pepper, sea salt
    • Grilled vegetables: squash, sliced onion, coconut oil, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sea salt
    • Iced Water with sliced cucumber
  • Dessert: 2 squares of dark chocolate
  • 16 oz water

*Note: If possible, all ingredients and dishes selected were organic and gluten free

Join us and share your meals, recipes and tips! Be sure to share your photos, videos and tips on social media with the hashtag #iGoPinkChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!

Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!

How To Naturally Flavor Water? Cranberry Lime Water Recipe

Are you drinking enough water? Learn how to NATURALLY flavor your water without artificial ingredients, dyes, additives or sweeteners with our Cranberry Lime Water recipe.

Share YOUR favorite ingredients and recipes with us by posting your pictures and videos on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #iGoPinkChallenge!

Make healthy food and drink choices plus add exercise to your daily routine, with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge guide. To download the guide and learn more – click here.

Share Your #iGoPinkHealth Tips!

Share your tips with us on how you make healthy choices and take steps to prevent, battle, and survive cancer!

STEP 1: SUBMIT a photo and add a description below
OR use the #iGoPinkHealth hashtag and tag us when posting a photo on Instagram or Twitter.
STEP 2: SHARE your entry with your friends and ask them to VOTE for you daily!
STEP 3: Every TUESDAY we will announce the winner who will win an iGoPink prize on our Facebook page!

Breast Cancer – It Can and DOES Happen To Men!

Dads truly hold a special place in our hearts and with Father’s Day being less than a week away, The Breast Cancer Charities of America would like to honor dads – and wish all men – a life filled with health and happiness!  These men have worn many hats as our protector, super hero, handy man, exterminator, teacher, and most importantly have been by our side as our father.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we share the gift of knowledge – a free guide with important facts and tips about Male Breast Cancer. Breast cancer can and does happen to men. Keep the ones you love healthy and cancer-free for years to come by sharing these tips today! Download the guide to Male Breast Cancer here.

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

National Cancer Survivors Day

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National Cancer Survivors Day falls this year on Sunday, June 7th! National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for cancer survivors and demonstrates that you CAN beat cancer! This day falls on the second Sunday of June every year and serves as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, support for families struggling, and a way for the community to come together and give back.

Celebrate this special day by honoring a cancer survivor or a loved one by helping women who are still battling breast cancer. Your donation today and on June 7th makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against cancer!

Why should I get Involved?

  • Honor a Cancer Survivor! Show your support and join the celebration.
  • Give in memory of a loved one, family member, or friend.
  • Help women and their families in need that are currently struggling with cancer.

How can I help?

  1. Go to Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015
  2. Click  Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.07 OR Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.38. By becoming a fundraiser you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved! If you don’t want to start a fundraiser for National Cancer Survivors Day, you can click the “Donate Now” button instead. This way you can make a donation – even in honor or memory of a loved one.
  3. Please share the news! Share your fundraising page, create a team, and invite your friends and family to make a donation at Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015 on or before June 7th.

Thank You for your support

Thank you for joining us as we PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer! With your donation, you can give a gift in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help those who are still struggling with cancer.  Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support.

Celebrate National Burger Day with 6 Healthy Tips

It’s National Burger Day! This food holiday comes every year on May 28 and gives us one more reason to enjoy a great burger.

There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate this favorite foods, but still maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle! Celebrate National Burger Day with these 6 healthy tips:

  1. Select high quality and lean meat to make your burger. You can even choose leaner meats such as buffalo, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even make a veggie burger!
  2. Add more flavor – not fat or high doses of sodium – to your burger with low sodium seasonings, fresh or dried herbs, and spices.
  3. Mix ingredients together until just combined and avoid over mixing to prevent toughening the meat.
  4. Add moisture and nutrients with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and your favorite vegetables.
  5. Choose a whole wheat bun or instead opt for a pita, tortilla, or skip bread entirely and top the burger on a salad.
  6. Use low fat sauces and toppings like organic ketchup, mustard, salsa, and bbq sauce.

Have more healthy burger tips? Please share in the comments below!

Enjoy!

National Burger Day Healthy Tips

What is the Help Now Fund? Infographic, Application and Donation Process

What is the Help Now Fund? How can I apply? Does my donation make a difference?

At BCCA, we are committed to helping as many people as possible through those financial struggles with our Help Now Fund. With YOUR donation, you can help keep alive life’s basic necessities for hundreds who are struggling. Please, donate today: donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateigopink

Click here to learn more about the Help Now Fund, application process, and download an application.

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