When you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, the last thing on your mind is what you’re having for dinner. For those undergoing cancer treatment, the prospect of a home-cooked meal can even seem daunting, especially when the illness and its treatment affect your appetite. But good nutrition is vital for those with cancer, as eating well before and after treatment can aid in feeling better and maintaining or boosting strength.
This is why Mom’s Meals NourishCare offers menu options specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of cancer patients.
What are the best foods for cancer patients?
It’s especially important during cancer treatments for patients to make sure they are receiving the nutrients they need and avoid extreme changes to their diet. Eating well can be beneficial physically, mentally and emotionally as you fight this disease.
More than anything, what you need is a balanced meal. Build your meals around whole grain breads, fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. Tuna, in particular, is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Lean chicken is also packed with protein and presents a healthier alternative to processed meats.
Dairy products will provide you with the calcium, protein, and vitamin D your bones need.
Avoid high-calorie foods that contain a lot of sugar and very little nutritional value.
What is a cancer support meal?
The cancer support menu options from Mom’s Meals NourishCare all contain at least 600 calories and 25 grams of protein per meal. Each of the meals has been developed with input from registered dietitians specializing in oncology and in accordance with guidelines from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
If you are a self-pay customer or caregiver interested in our cancer support meals, click here to order or contact us for more information. If you are or think you may be eligible to receive meals through a government program or health plan, contact your area agency on aging or health care provider for more information.