Punchy papaya and soy yoghurt
Yoghurt is a favourite breakfast of many and will help combat dry mouth and mouth sores. Simply adding some diced papaya both adds flavour and nutritional benefits. There is some evidence that papaya can help prevent cervical and breast cancer, as well as some others.
You only need a single papaya per week – just cut it up at the start of the week and use it throughout, adding to yoghurts, cereals, smoothies, etc. Research has shown that soy has numerous anti-cancer properties. If you aren’t a fan of chunks of papaya, just blend it up and stir in.
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Spiced quinoa porridge
A great, gluten-free alternative to normal porridge. Quinoa are rich in protein and fibre, as well as many other nutrients. Protein is especially important during chemo to maintain muscle and energy levels, while fibre will help with your digestion and potentially defend against bowl-related cancers (head here for more info on fibre).
Quinoa are slow-energy releasing, meaning you will feel fuller for longer. Head to our blog on this subject for more ideas. Additionally, cinnamon contains powerful anti-oxidant properties, while ginger combats nausea. Nutmeg contains important minerals and nutrients. Head here for more info on these spices.
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- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2tbs ground flax seeds
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and nutmeg
- 8 raw almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 teaspoon organic desiccated coconut
- Optional: add vanilla essence or vanilla pod while cooking
- Heat the quinoa and coconut milk in a saucepan over a medium heat. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
- Add the almond butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle over chopped almonds, blueberries and coconut.
Veggie Florentine Wrap
If you’re more of a savoury fan, then try out this nutritionally packed breakfast recipe. Red onions have been shown to cause ‘cell-death’ in cancer cells. Spinach and kale are high in antioxidants, iron, vitamin B and more! Meanwhile, mozzarella and egg help boost your protein intake.
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- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/8 cup chopped red onion (optional)
- 1 cup fresh spinach or kale
- 1 egg
- Splash of skim milk
- 1 ounce shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
- 1 whole-wheat or corn tortilla
- Heat oil in a small skillet or frying pan.
- Add onion and sauté for one minute.
- Add spinach or kale and cook until bright green.
- In a bowl, whisk together one egg with milk, and add to the vegetable sauté.
- Add mozzarella, scrambling together until cooked.
- Spoon the sautéed mixture into an all-white/corn tortilla, wrap, and serve.
Tropical fruit and oats smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to overcome dry mouth and mouth sores, are easy to prepare, and delicious! Ripe bananas and kiwis have been proven to help combat cancer, meanwhile ginger combats nausea. Oats add thickness and fill you up for longer (see our blog on slow energy releasing foods)
- 3 kiwi fruits
- 4 tablespoons organic porridge oats
- 1 banana
- 8 ice cubes
- 200 ml organic/soy/almond milk
- 250 g organic/soy yoghurt
- ½ cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
- honey, optional
- Top and tail the kiwi fruit and stand them on their ends.
- Slice the skin off in vertical strips with a sharp knife.
- Whiz the kiwi fruit with the remaining ingredients, apart from the honey, in a blender for 30 seconds and pour into 4 tall glasses.
- Optional: sweeten with a little honey.
These are just some of our picks. If you have a favourite which isn’t here, why not share it with our chemotherapy support community on Facebook?
As always, be sure to check the ingredients for any potential allergies. It is wise to contact your doctor or physician concerning what foods will complement (rather than conflict with) your treatment plan.