6 Superfoods for Cancer Patients
2 Sources of ProteinAlmond Butter
Making sure you get enough of the right kind of protein (preferably not from meat or dairy) is essential to keeping your strength up. Almond butter is a delicious source of protein (5 grams in one serving) -- so tasty you'll enjoy it even if you're dealing with nausea, taste change, or loss of appetite as a side effect of your treatment. Almonds also contain benzaldehyde, which researchers in Japan have demonstrated to be toxic to cancer cells. Try spreading it on whole-grain toast or an apple for a high-energy snack that also delivers a healthy dose of fiber.
Recommended serving size: 2 tablespoons; 200 caloriesLentils
Packing 9 grams of protein and 7.8 grams of fiber in each serving, lentils are pint-sized powerhouses. While all beans are good sources of protein and fiber, lentils are among the easiest to digest and are a good way to increase your fiber intake without the usual accompanying gas and bloating. Lentils can also be cooked to be as bland or as flavorful as you like, accommodating a wide range of tastes. To serve, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes), then drain and toss with olive oil, a splash of vinegar, and diced raw carrots to make a simple lentil salad.
Recommended serving size: 1/2 cup cooked; 115 calories