Some cancer treatments may affect your appetite, sense of taste, and make it difficult to swallow. Usually these changes are short-term and will get better with time. Until then, do what you can to keep up your calorie intake and meet your body's protein, vitamin and mineral requirements. Here is a growing list of delicious foods that are high in protein and calories as well as easy to swallow.
Remember: This is NOT a time to diet! Although it is tempting to think that some weight loss may be good, especially if you have struggled with your weight in the past , weight loss is not a good side effect of cancer treatment. Your focus should be on increasing nutrients to maintain your weight and your protein levels.
Recipes for high calorie, high protein shakes and soups to help you prevent weight loss.
Recipe: Chocolate Banana Sipper
Recipe: Chocolate Banana Sipper By OncoLink Team, November 2, 2011 This shake is high in calories and protein. It is ideal for folks who are struggling with weight loss and difficulty swallowing during treatment. Ingredients ...
Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie By Maggie Hampshire, RN, BSN, June 5, 2009 This shake is high in calories and protein. It is ideal for folks who are struggling with weight loss and difficulty swallowing during treatment. ...
Recipe: Creamy Potato Chowder
Recipe: Creamy Potato Chowder By Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN, January 29, 2009 Ingredients 7 slices bacon (1/2 a standard package) 1 large onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves salt & pepper 2 celery stalks,...
Recipes for coping with cancer treatment side effects, such as mouth sores and nausea.
Recipe: Chicken Soup with Ginger
Recipe: Chicken Soup with Ginger By Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN, March 1, 2009 They say chicken soup is good for the soul and ginger is good for an upset stomach, so how could you go wrong with this soup? It is full of flavor to...
Healthy recipes for the whole family.
Recipe: Asian Stir-Fry
Recipe: Asian Stir-Fry By Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN, July 15, 2009 Stir-fry is an easy way to whip up a healthy, flavorful and versatile dish. Substitute chicken or shrimp for the beef, or use tofu and vegetable stock for a...
Recipe: Hearty Beef Barley Soup
Recipe: Hearty Beef Barley Soup By Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN, November 18, 2009 This is a hearty, meal in a bowl. Using low sodium broth keeps the salt content down and all the vegetables make it chock full of goodness! ...
Shrimp and Orzo
The fresh herbs and feta make this dish! This makes enough for my husband and I, but I usually have a little left for lunch the next day. 1 cup orzo pasta, cooked (see tips below) 2 Tbs oil (I use canola) 3-4 cloves of garlic (minced or...
Looking to become vegetarian or incorporate more meatless meals?
Vegetarian Snacks: Baked Apple
Vegetarian Snacks: Baked Apple Recipe Type: vegetarian Cuisine: vegetarian Author: OncoLink Team Serves: 1 Ingredients 1 firm apple (e.g.,Granny Smith, Red Delicious or Fugi) Instructions Cut the apple horizontally around the middle so that the skin doesn’t split during baking Core the apple, making sure to remove all seeds You can add
Vegetarian Side Dish: Stir Fry Veggies
Vegetarian Side Dish: Stir Fry Veggies Recipe Type: Stir Fry Cuisine: Vegetarian Author: OncoLink Team Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 onion, cut into thick crescents 2-3 carrots cut into matchsticks 2 stalks broccoli, florets plus stem cut into thin diagonals 1 red pepper, cut into thick crescents 3-4 mushrooms, sliced thinly ¾ cup snow peas 2
Vegetarian Breakfast: Basic Oatmeal
Vegetarian Breakfast: Basic Oatmeal Recipe Type: Breakfast Cuisine: Vegetarian Author: OncoLink Team Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal 2-3 cups water Instructions Bring water to a boil Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes Calories: 140 Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 27g Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 4g Protein: