Appealing & Healthy Breakfast Options for People using Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a conventional treatment for cancer. But it causes extensive damage to the body. And some of that damage is to the mouth affecting taste.
Chemotherapy also causes mouth sores which can affect what foods you can eat. Another side effect of chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting.
Because of these side-effects, many cancer patients who have chosen to use chemotherapy drugs have a difficult time finding foods they enjoy. So here are some appealing and healthy breakfast options.
I’m not talking about instant oatmeal that comes from a packet. I mean real oatmeal (steel-cut oats, quick oats, or ‘old-fashioned’ rolled oats. It truly doesn’t take long to prepare).
Instant oatmeal from packets contains large amounts of sugar as well as coloring (red 40, blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6) that has not only been linked to cancer, but also problems in children including allergies, hyperactivity, and irritability.
And some of these food colorings are even banned in several parts of the world. Good stuff…. So why risk your health when it’s easy to avoid.
If you find that the oatmeal is too bland (either because of the way it’s prepared or because of changes in taste) try adding honey, cinnamon, dates, or raisins to sweeten it instead of white sugar.
There are lots of things you can add to oatmeal:
– Sliced almonds
– Chia Seeds
For a larger list of toppings as well as instructions on how to prepare the oatmeal, click here.
Parfaits are a great way of getting extra calories and nutrition. Begin by putting plain or vanilla Greek yogurt into a glass or bowl. Fill it about ¼ way and then add a layer of fruit. Things like:
– Pomegranate Seeds
After adding some fruit, put a little more yogurt in the container, and then add more fruit. After that layer of fruit, add another layer of yogurt and top with granola, sliced almonds, pecans, or chopped walnuts.
From my article, 5 Healthy Smoothies for Someone with Cancer, “Homemade smoothies can be loaded with fruit and vegetables (and cut way back on sugar which is important if you have cancer).
The advantage to making your own smoothies is you can put your favorite fruits and vegetables in them and experiment to discover what you enjoy most. It’s also easy to add extra calories, protein, healthy fats, etc.
Another advantage is, no matter if you’ve chosen to use chemotherapy or go a natural route, smoothies can be easy to consume and ingredients can be added to help with nausea (e.g. ginger) and boost your immune system (e.g. turmeric).” 
Click here for some great recipes! And here are a few blenders I recommend:
We just talked about smoothies, so now we’re going to talk about something similar: Juices. One of the biggest differences between the two is how they are digested.
To know more about the difference, read my article, Which is Better – Juicing or Blending? This article also discusses which is better when you have cancer.
You can juice many types of fruits and vegetables including:
Here are 10 Powerful Juicing Recipes that Fight Cancer. And if you’re looking for a juicer, here are a few I recommend:
5) Scrambled Eggs
Besides being a fairly good source of protein, scrambled eggs are easy on the stomach and can either be plain or have a wide range of flavor.
If you’re looking to enhance the flavor of your scrambled eggs, try adding foods that sound good. Try different combinations of these foods to see what you enjoy best:
– Salt and Pepper
– Chopped celery
– Bell Peppers
– Chopped Jalapeños
– Organic Spinach
– Freshly chopped chives
6) Cottage Cheese
When my mom was taking chemotherapy, she would eat organic peaches in cottage cheese almost daily.
Another delicious option is to add organic apples to the cottage cheese and then top it with cinnamon and raw honey.
– Add blueberries, raspberries, raisins, pineapple, strawberries, or cantaloupe
– Top with raw honey
– Sprinkle with spices such as ginger or cinnamon
– Top with sliced almonds or granola
Applesauce is a good option if you’re feeling nauseous or like you just can’t chew or eat anything too heavy.
Unsweetened organic applesauce is the best place to start. Then you can add things like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, or allspice to enhance the flavor.
8) Mixed Fruit
Purchase organic fruit and then mix your favorites into one bowl. Fruit provides lots of important antioxidants and vitamins that your body needs.
Here is the fruit I would prepare for my dad when he had cancer:
You can also mix together:
– Pomegranate Seeds
And here are 7 Powerful Fruits that Boost your Immune System; when in doubt of which fruit to use, check this list!
A few notes:
(1) Purchase organic fruits and vegetables to avoid the toxins, carcinogens, and poisons found on and in non-organic produce.
(2) Check with your doctor to see which of the medications you’re on are causing your taste changes. Ask if those medications can be adjusted.
(3) If you have throat and/or mouth sores from the chemotherapy, avoid foods that are: acidic, spicy, or hot (temperature) – these foods may cause irritation.
(4) I HIGHLY recommend working with a nutritionist in your area who can make other recommendations and adjustments for you based on your type and stage of cancer.
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