Healthy meals for chemo patients
These simple diet tips and easy-to-prepare meal ideas are perfect for when you’re feeling unwell or too tired to shop and cook.
Healthy meal ideas
- Add tinned legumes such as baked beans, chickpeas and four-bean mix to virtually any vegetable concoction as a great source of protein, fibre and slow-release carbohydrates.
- Eat as many different coloured vegetables as you can to make sure your body benefits from a wide variety of nutrients. Seasonal vegetables will keep for longer.
- Add quinoa to salads or use in casseroles. This grain offers all of the protein building-blocks (amino acids) that our body can’t make, and it’s easy to store and cook.
- Cook a basic bolognaise base and add any leftover vegetables lurking in the fridge. You can add meat or, for a vegetarian option, legumes. Add as much or little flavour as you like, and freeze any leftover portions.
- Add good-quality fats like olive oil to meals, and enjoy unsalted, unroasted nuts or hummus as a snack. Avocado on wholegrain toast is also a simple, filling snack.
- Freeze (almost) overripe fruit like bananas and enjoy them as a frozen dessert, or thaw and use in wholegrain muffins. If you’re left with a glut of tomatoes in summer, make a simple passata and freeze to use in your next bolognaise sauce or casserole.
- If you’re really struggling with fatigue there are some companies that deliver recipes and exact proportions of all ingredients to your doorstep, which will save you a trip to the supermarket. Or reach out to family or friends for help.