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Long chemotherapy sessions can be both physically and emotionally demanding, making nourishing your body with the right foods crucial. Hospitals do not always provide healthy food options and so prepping at home and brining snacks with you is a smart idea. 

Here are some healthy snack ideas to keep you energized throughout your chemotherapy infusions:

1. Fresh fruits: rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, fruits offer a refreshing and easy snack option that can help satisfy a sweet craving as well. 

  • Apples: Slice and pair with a handful of nuts for a satisfying crunch.
  • Pears: slice and sprinkle with some cinnamon for additional flavour
  • Berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries are not only delicious but rich in antioxidants. Slice and add 1-2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar to bring out the flavour

2. Liquid meal replacement supplements. 

  • There are brands that are whole-foods based, free of refined sugars and chemical ingredients yet offer a lot of nutrition and calories including up to 20g of protein.
  • Check your local health food store to help you steer clear of the ones with refined ingredients.

3. Yogurt parfait: a creamy and protein-packed treat that's customizable.

  • Greek yogurt: opt for plain to avoid added sugars.
  • Granola and fresh fruit: Layer with your favourite toppings for a nutritious parfait.

4. Hummus/bean dips and veggie sticks: hummus offers protein and fibre, while veggies provide vitamins and crunch.

  • Carrots, Cucumber, Bell Peppers: Cut into sticks for easy dipping.

5. Trail Mix: a portable powerhouse of nutrients made with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

  • DIY Blend: Mix almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried raisins/apricots/cranberries.

6. Whole Grain Crackers with cheese or a nut butter pack: whole grains offer lasting energy, while cheese adds calcium and protein. For a vegan option, try some nut butter. 

  • Variety Pack: Try different types of cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, or goat cheese for variety.
  • Nut Butter Packs: Almond, peanut, or cashew butter can provide protein and healthy fats. Single-serve packs: convenient and mess-free, perfect for spreading on whole grain crackers.

7. Smoothies: nutrient-packed and easy to sip on-the-go.

  • Green Smoothie: Blend spinach, banana, almond milk, almond butter, and protein powder for a creamy and nourishing drink.

8. Healthy snack bars that are high in protein and low in sugar can offer hours of sustained energy. 

  • Take a look at the ingredients - the amount of protein should be higher than the amount of sugar. Also, when reading the ingredients, check that you can understand what they are and there are less than 10 or so ingredients.

Remember to stay hydrated with water or herbal teas throughout the day. Taking care of your body with these healthy snacks can help you feel better during treatment and aid in the recovery process. Happy snacking!

Author: Alyssa Insalaco, CCNM Integrative Cancer Clinic

Please note that the information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It’s essential to consult with your health-care provider or a qualified professional before making any health-care decisions or taking any actions based on the information presented here.