The big C. As we get older, it crops up more and more as we, and those close to us, are directly or indirectly affected by cancer.
I have been told that, during treatment, food cravings can vary dramatically. Sometimes only a greasy burger will do, while other times comforting and homely foods are what hits the mark. Most chemo patients describe a metallic taste in their mouth and, as taste buds can become dulled, they might crave very spicy or foods with strong flavour.
While I can only imagine what it feels like to be going through chemotherapy, I do know what good food feels like; the type of food that truly nourishes your body. I know that when you feel drained, you don’t want anything too heavy or hard to eat.
Many of the following dishes are comforting soups and stews made with bone broth, which is extremely nutritious, light and easy to digest. It provides many minerals, gelatine (good for our joints and for gut health) and protein. I’ve also included recipes that are packed full of greens, colourful veggies and fruits to boost overall health.
One thing is for certain, anyone undergoing cancer treatment will be appreciative that someone has taken the time and effort to cook for them.
Super Greens Stir-Fry: A beautiful and clean stir-fry that is fresh and healthy with a mix of Chinese greens, some of the healthiest foods out there.
Moroccan Chicken Broth Stew: So delicious and warming from the spices. Bursting with healthy ingredients.
Mulligatawny: Mildly spiced Indian soup with turmeric and coconut milk, lentils and veggies.
Pho: This one is a must! Such a light and tasty, nutritious soup.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Marmalade Dressing: Sounds silly perhaps, but this salad is so cheery. All that orange together with a light and zesty dressing!
Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Feta: Lentils for sustained release and fibre, beets and the beet greens for healthy anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Thai Green Chicken Curry: So comforting with strong, yet balanced flavours. Add as much heat as required.
Toasted Coconut, Cinnamon and Sesame Granola: An addictive granola with lots of interesting flavours and textures. Salty and sweet, warm and nutty.
Rhubarb Crumble Muffins: Made with oats, not flour, so they are gluten free. They also have flax or chia seeds and one of the healthiest fruits, rhubarb!
DIY Energy Bars: Full of goodness and ready to eat on-the-go.
Chocolate “Truffles”: Made only with raw cacao powder, ground oats, banana and sweetened with dates.
Whether you’re a partner, friend, parent or child, the person in your life will, undoubtedly, enjoy these amazing recipes. You just have to include the special secret ingredient: love!
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