When going through cancer treatment, maintaining good nutrition is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body and immune system strong. You’ve grown up learning about healthy eating and the food pyramid, but nutrition can look different for cancer patients.
Treatment can change the way your body processes food, so nutritional requirements may change. Some people need more protein or calories than they used to. Eating healthy can help curb treatment side-affects, lower the risk of infection, prevent other health issues, maintain a healthy weight and keep you feeling your best. Talk to a nutritional health specialist about what foods will best benefit your body.
In general, a CSC page on Nutrition and Cancer Treatment suggests that cancer patients should:
- Eat lots of (washed) fruits and vegetables
- Eat dark, green, leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale
- Limit red meat
- Avoid sugar and high-fat foods
- Eat grains and legumes
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink lots of fluids
- Avoid raw meat, fish, eggs and shellfish
Embrace your nutritious diet with a week’s worth of healthy meals that we have created! (These are just suggestions for delicious and healthy meals to try. Please consider your own dietary needs and restrictions.)
Breakfast: Kale and Egg Breakfast Cups
Snack: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites: Make sure to use dark chocolate for the antioxidants!
Dinner: Creamy Sundried Tomato and Parmesan Chicken Zoodles: Just buy a spiralizer for an healthy, tasty pasta alternative
Breakfast: Spinach and Egg white Omelet
Snack: Sea Salt and Garlic Kale Chips: Don’t let the kale turn you off, they’re actually easy to make and surprisingly satisfying!
Dinner: Four-Ingredient Chicken and Rice Casserole: Just swap out the white rice with brown
Breakfast: Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg
Snack: Garlic Roasted Asparagus
Breakfast: Fried Egg and Avocado Toast
Snack: Cinnamon Apple Chips
Breakfast: Double Berry Breakfast Parfaits
Lunch: Veggie-Stack Pita Pockets
Dinner: Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup
Breakfast: Pepper Ring Omelet
Snack: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Dinner: Butternut Squash Barley Risotto
Breakfast: Sun Butter, Banana and Chia Seed Toast: With 100% Whole Wheat Bread