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Healthy snacking is one of the first steps to managing weight and living in good health. Nutrition is the most important factor in a healthy lifestyle. Healthy snacks can help stabilize blood sugar, provide energy, and act as cancer fighting agents.
Cancer treatments can cause unwanted side effects leading to difficulty eating which can cause unwanted weight loss. Side effects such as dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and trouble swallowing can decrease the desire to eat, and this can decrease energy rapidly. Medications can also cause increased appetite and weight gain. These healthy snack ideas will keep your energy up, help manage weight, and add nutrition to your diet.
Increasing the protein in your diet can provide much needed energy. Greek Yogurt contains about twice the protein of regular yogurt, and it is easy to consume and digest when having unpleasant side effects. Other healthy snack ideas for protein include smoothies, frozen yogurt, sorbet, instant breakfast drinks, or trail mix. Add nuts like pistachios, or sunflower seeds to your yogurt for extra protein and healthy fats.
If you are undergoing cancer treatment and trying to keep weight on, try healthy snacking as a way to manage weight while still eating nutritiously. Add granola to pudding, custard, and ice cream. Add dried fruit to muffins, bread, or add to trail mix. Try string cheese, cottage cheese or dips made with beans for extra fiber. To reduce fiber intake, try vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, graham crackers, and angel food cake.
According to the American Cancer Society, flaxseed oil has anti-cancer properties. Some research studies have shown evidence that flaxseed prevents the spread of cancer and tumor growth. It is also used for helping constipation, abdominal problems, sore throat, and many other side effects associated with cancer treatments. It can be found in cereals, breakfast bars, multigrain breads, and muffins. Here is a quick and easy recipe that is nutritious for the whole family.
Chocolate Pumpkin Flaxseed Muffins
1 box (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pureed pumpkin or pumpkin pie mix
Spray muffin pan or use muffin cups
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the cake mix, pumpkin, and ground flaxseed until evenly blended together.
Pour in muffin cups and bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked in the middle.
Makes approximately 20 to 24 muffins.
Flaxseed has many health benefits for proper nutrition including Omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, which have antioxidant qualities, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Flaxseed can be added to almost any healthy recipe. Proper nutrition and healthy snacks can increase your energy and help you feel better no matter your health situation.
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