The Holidays for many of us revolve around family and food. However, if someone in your family is in cancer treatment food can be a tricky issue. Has your loved one lost their appetite? Are you confused about what types of food to have on your holiday table? Each person’s journey through cancer treatment is different, however the one constant is that it is more important than ever that they eat a diet of protein, complex carbs, good fats, and vitamins to build their immune system, increase their strength, and help their body repair. The good news is that these foods are delicious and healthy choices for everyone visiting your home this holiday season.
Put out the nuts! A bowl of mixed nuts contains protein, fiber, and good fat. Want something sweet? That does not have to be a cookie it can be the original sweet treat, which is fruit of course. Citrus fruits and berries have antioxidants, Vitamin C and even fiber and of course they taste yummy. In fact a fruit salad is a wonderful dish to have this holiday season.
Protein builds your immune system, muscles, and repairs tissues so don’t skimp on having plenty of protein. Good protein options include nuts, eggs, lean meats, fish, beans, and legumes. Wild Salmon is a great choice for protein, iron, and omega 3 fatty acids. There are a lot of side dishes that have great health benefits for cancer patients including sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, beans, and whole grains.
Still craving something a little sweet how about honey in your tear instead of sugar, or try a yogurt which can be found in all sorts of decadent flavors like cheesecake and key lime pie. If you must have the cookie (and let’s face it, your probably will) try ginger cookies. Ginger is a natural antioxidant that supports healthy digestion, alleviates nausea, and helps with inflammation. So I say Happy Holidays and bite the head off of the closest gingerbread man you can find as you enjoy your family feast.