Foodie Friday: Anti Side-Effect Recipes
It is important to eat small meals more often while undergoing conventional cancer treatments such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.
For those who are suffering side-effects such as dysphasia, sore mouths or nausea, consuming a nutrient dense smoothie for one meal and then trying some sun-dried fruits (without sugar) and untoasted nuts as a snack a few hours later is a good idea.
A lunch with salad greens, bitter herbs, apple slices, berries and a dressing made with lemon and olive oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper and avocado makes an exceptionally nutrient-dense meal.
This type of Ayurvedic diet plan will increase your sense of taste, smell, and appetite and help one heal and feel good.
Recipe to Restore the Appetite
Sauerkraut is more than just a German delicacy; it is special because it incorporates the cruciferous vegetables, bitter herbs and spices, lemon juice, and probiotics for good gut health all in one. As an added bonus, this recipe is very easy to make and is a good thing to have around as it will help restore one’s appetite after cancer treatments.
Seven Day Sauerkraut
Yield: Two 1 Litre jars
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- 4 Cups of green cabbage, finely sliced
- 1 Cup of shredded carrot
- ¼ Cup of leek, sliced into half moons
- ¼ Cup of diced sweet pepper
- 6 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Spring or filtered water as needed
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
- ½ Teaspoon of turmeric powder
- ¼ Teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
- 1 Tablespoon pink or sea salt
- Prepare the 1-litre jars by washing and rinsing with boiled water, including the lids. Dry and set aside.
- Place all the fresh ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the spices, lemon juice, and water. Massage the spices into the vegetables.
- Spoon the sauerkraut into the jars evenly. Add water to cover the sauerkraut by one inch. Cover with a cheesecloth or tea towel and leave on the counter-top for three days to allow fermentation to begin. Mix occasionally to ensure even distribution of the fermentation.
- After three days, cover with the lids and store in a cool dry place. Make sure there is still 1 inch of liquid above the vegetables. After seven days, checking the fermentation process each day, the sauerkraut should be translucent. If not, allow to ferment one more day. Now it is ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator to slow down the fermentation after opening. Enjoy!
- Sauerkraut is great as a side dish or in a salad.
- It can be eaten alone as a main dish with some fresh cucumber, tomato, and/or broccoli sprouts on the side.
- It can be a base for vegetarian sushi.
- It is delicious on healthy, gluten-free crackers.
Recipe to Alleviate Diarrhoea
If you are suffering from diarrhoea make sure you get sufficient fluids, electrolytes, and nutrients. Spicy foods are not recommended, but a pinch of cayenne pepper in smoothies or soups has proven to be beneficial due to the capsaicin.
The recipe below is a good option to add to meals to help speed recovery and ease the symptoms of diarrhoea:
Apple Banana Porridge
- 1 cup apples
- 1 banana
- 1 cup whole organic oats
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 handful of berries OR chopped fruit
- 1 cup coconut milk OR spring water (or more if needed)
- 2 pinches of pink OR sea salt
- In a blender, or food processor, blend the apple, banana, cinnamon, and salt together.
- Place the oats into a pot with the water and cover. Cook gently over low heat until the oats are soft, stir occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and add the pulp from the blender. Mix thoroughly.
- Put the mixture into a bowl and garnish with fresh blueberries. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Use the freshest organic ingredients possible for the most health benefits.
Recipe to Alleviate Dysphagia
Dysphagia is a condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful, and often a side-effect of conventional cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy. The condition can linger, making it very difficult to get healing foods and vital healing nutrients into the body post-treatment.
It’s often easier to swallow a liquid that’s thicker than plain water, which makes eating nutritious soup easier and a healthy way to get vital nutrients to help with the healing.
Warm Pumpkin Super Food Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: Two- 250ml servings
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin peeled and cubed
- ¼ cup red bell pepper
- ½ of a medium avocado cubed
- 3 tablespoons untoasted walnuts
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1¼ cups coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel
- ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon pink or sea salt to taste
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper powder
- Peel, wash and cube the fresh pumpkin and place in a bowl. Set aside.
- Peel one inch of fresh aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel. Add to the pumpkin and set aside.
- Add all the ingredients including the pumpkin to a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- In a double boiler, on the stove, place the soup in the top pot. Heat the two pots until the soup in the top pot is very warm to the touch. Place in bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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