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A diet rich in protein is important for maintaining or increasing muscle mass, supporting the immune system, and aiding tissue repair. When undergoing cancer treatments, like surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, the body’s demand for protein increases, as this macronutrient plays a critical role in recovery and healing of tissues. During these treatments, the daily recommended intake of protein is 1.0-1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For an average adult weight of 70 kilograms, this would equate to 70 to 105 grams of protein daily!
If you have trouble consuming enough protein each day, a simple and easy way to increase our protein intake is to incorporate a protein powder. One scoop of protein powder usually provides an average of 20 grams of protein, and these powders can be used for more than just smoothies. This tasty vegan pancake recipe is high in fibre and incorporates a scoop of protein powder to help satisfy your hunger reach your protein goals.
A healthy alternative to maple syrup for your pancake topping is this quick and easy 2-ingredient mixed berry compote. It can be made with fresh or frozen berries and is naturally sweetened (no added sugar!).
Author: Helya Bahmanpour, CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre Intern