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.
Greek Salad Bites
Good for Dry mouth, undernourishment, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite, nausea
Not good for Vomiting, inflamed mouth, diarrhea
Makes: 15 bites Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: None
½ red onion, chopped
1 tomato cut into wedges, seeds removed
125 mL (½ cup) plain yogurt (at least 2% fat*)
10 green olives, pitted
5 thick (½-inch or 1.5 cm) slices of cucumber, not peeled and seeds removed
5 mL (1 tsp) of fresh or dried thyme
5mL (1 tsp) of fresh or dried oregano
15 mL (1 tbsp) olive oil
10 mL (2 tsp) red wine vinegar
Black pepper to taste
15 small crackers (use pita bread or a torn tortilla for a soft or tender texture)
* To increase your protein intake substitute with Greek yogurt, which has 18 to 20 g per serving.
1. Put all of the ingredients except for the crackers in a food processor and pulse until they’re mixed but not puréed.
2. Pour the mixture into a colander lined with paper towels. The towels will absorb the excess water.
3. Drop a spoonful of the mixture onto each cracker.
For more information on cancer and nutrition, visit facingcancer.ca.