Photography By: Donna Griffith | Food Styling By: Sasha Seymour via facingcancer.ca
Nothing is the same after a cancer diagnosis, including your relationship with food. Registered dietitian Geneviève Nadeau wrote Bien manger pendant et après un cancer (Eating Well During and After Cancer, 2011) to help patients find new eating strategies. “After losing my mother to cancer,” she says, “I wanted to give people hope that they can still live well both during treatment and recovery.” The key to putting zip into your diet? Choose foods that can help relieve treatment side effects and give you a nutritional boost.
French Toast with Almond Butter
Good for Dry mouth, altered sense of taste, reduced-fibre diet, inflamed mouth, loss of appetite
Not good for Nausea, vomiting
Makes: 4 small portions Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 10 minutes
20 mL (4 tsp) butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
4 slices of cinnamon raisin bread
4 eggs beaten in 125 mL (½ cup) of whole milk (3.25% fat)
60 mL (¼ cup) almond butter (soft texture; avoid if you have difficulty swallowing, since it can stick to the mouth)
60 mL (¼ cup) applesauce
125 mL (½ cup) vanilla yogurt (at least 2% fat)
Cinnamon and chopped almonds to taste (optional)
1. Melt 5 mL (1 tsp) of butter or non-hydrogenated margarine in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Meanwhile, soak a slice of raisin bread in egg mixture.
3. Cook bread over mid-low heat for about 3 minutes per side until golden brown.
4. Place the slice of bread on a plate and spread it with 15 mL (1 tbsp) of almond butter and 15 mL (1 tbsp) of applesauce.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon, garnish with chopped almonds.
6. Serve with 30 mL (2 tbsp) of vanilla yogurt.
For more information on cancer and nutrition, visit facingcancer.ca.