Today we welcome guest blogger Jillian Mckee who will discuss 3 nutritious snacks cancer patients can eat while going through treatment. Jillian is a Comvplementary Medicine Advocate and an author for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.
Nutritious Snack Ideas for Cancer Patients
While healthy eating will not cure cancer, proper nutrition can provide energy and stamina whether you are in treatment or in remission. Your quality of life will also improve if you make an effort to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. Here are some simple ideas cancer patients and those in remission can use to improve nutrition and increase energy levels if eating a normal diet isn’t an option.
1. Fruit Smoothies
The Harvard School of Public Health doesn’t recommend fruit smoothies for the average person as a daily beverage due to the high calorie content. However, for those in treatment who are having trouble keeping weight on, a smoothie is packed full of all the nutrients present in the whole fruit. Other additions such as cream or protein powder add both calories and nutrients. Smoothies are also easy to make and keep down, if treatment has made your stomach upset.
While a salad full of iceberg lettuce and fatty dressing doesn’t contain many nutrients; a salad made with spinach, nuts, seeds and fruits is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. You can experiment with different combinations to get a variety. Salads are also quick to prepare and light in the stomach. If treatment makes you tired, you can also mix a bowl of salad ahead of time and simply add dressing when you’re ready to eat.
3. Nutrient Bars
Good nutrition for mesothelioma, carcinoma and many other cancers is essential. However, treatments can leave you with little appetite and feeling very tired. Nutrient bars are small, easy to pack and can help you keep your diet varied. Your doctor can recommend the best brands for your needs and you can choose those that you like the most. Whether you are currently in treatment or in remission, having a varied, healthy diet is essential. Smoothies, salads and nutrient bars are all excellent options for putting a variety of essential vitamins into your meal plan. Your doctor can also help you plan your meals to provide all the essential nutrients your body needs to stay strong and healthy throughout treatment and beyond.