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✨Foodie Friday ✨This ‘n That


Hey There, Little Fighter Fans – Friday again – wow how the week has flown by.

We hope that you all had a great week and that nobody washed away in any of the flooding that various areas experienced this week.

Today we are once again bringing you some great, easy recipes to tickle your and your Child with Cancer’s taste-buds. Today’s post features Chicken,  a Burger, a Smoothie and some lovely sweet treats, for what is life without something delectable and decadent?

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Dandelion Recipes


Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

It’s a good way to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein – more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anaemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.

Dandelion root is tougher and hardier than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes. The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.

Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨The Inimitable Sprout


Summer is coming to South Africa, and summer is a great time to celebrate fresh food. Summer dishes ranging from salads to burgers are even more tasty and nutritious when topped with a lesser-known vegetable: fresh sprouts. Sprouts are tiny plants produced without soil — a type of fresh greens that can be grown virtually anywhere, at any time of year.

Fresh and tasty sprouts are raw, vegan, low in fat and cholesterol-free. Add them to a dish and you’ll be getting Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and good phytonutrients. Sprouts are also great for the digestion!

Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that add flavour, texture and contrast to a salad or sandwich. Most varieties go from seed to sprout in about five days. They don’t need soil, so there’s no mess. They’re compact, so they can grow indoors, in small spaces. The quickness of this crop makes it a great project for kids — they love watching the seeds germinate and grow.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ Rainbow Smoothies


Today we thought we would continue the “Colourful Foods” or “Eat the Rainbow” vibe that we started yesterday, seeing that it is Friday… nearly weekend… and we want to have a little fun… and we like unicorns 🦄

Smoothies are great “go-to” nutritional drinks for Children with Cancer who are having difficulty eating due to their cancer or as a side-effect of their cancer treatments.

Smoothies can generally be more easily tolerated and are one way to ensure that your Child with Cancer is getting the vitamins, nutrients, phytochemicals etc. that they need to boost their immune system and help them fight their cancer.

Smoothies are also a great way to get children to “drink their veggies” and the best part of it all is that they will not even realise that those great drinks actually contain veggies because they go down so smoothly 😉

 

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Cancer-Fighting Herb Recipes


Good Afternoon, Peeps!

Today’s recipes are all about the cancer-fighting herbs that you are hopefully by now growing in your windowsill as per our earlier posts, Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden and How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet.

Ensuring that your Child with Cancer (and the rest of your family) eat well and get the right amount of nutrients to help their immune system grow strong enough to fight this devastating disease is important.

Knowing how and where to get those important nutritious ingredients, as well as how to use them to best effect, is also important – these recipes will do that!

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✨Foodie Friday ✨How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet


Following on from the article we posted a few days ago, “Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden,” today we are going to give you some ideas on how to incorporate those herbs into your and your Child with Cancer’s diet.

While you probably know how to use most of these herbs, there may be some with which you are not that familiar and unsure of how they should be used.

Learning more about these herbs and how to use them in different foods can be some fun that you and your child(ren) can share…. from planting to how they grow to harvesting to using them….

These herbs are really good for fighting cancer, so it is important that you make them part of your Child with Cancer’s diet – the rest of the family will also benefit from their use, and they can add great taste to your dishes too.

In the following weeks we will also give you some great easy recipes to make using these herbs.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Child-Friendly Meals


Today’s offering is some wonderful Child-Friendly Recipes for those times when you are really struggling to get your Child with Cancer to eat or when you just want to give them a nice little treat.

These recipes are all nutritious and your child will love making some of them with you – spending time in the kitchen can be fun! A bonus with some of the recipes is that because they are one-pan or one-pot recipes there is minimal cleanup.

Here are some no-mess, no-fuss meals and snacks that we hope that you will enjoy making and which we know both your Child with Cancer and the rest of the family will enjoy.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ Freeze-Ahead Meals


When you have a Child with Cancer in the home, there will be days that you want to cook, and days that you don’t (or can’t), so make the most of the former by creating freezer-friendly meals that you can serve up on the latter.

The following meals all freeze well so you can make them in advance and then freeze them for future meals on the days that you have the time and/or feel like cooking. Alternatively, make a double portion when you cook one of them and freeze ½ for a next time.

These are also great gifts for Family & Friends of Child Cancer Families to give as having really nutritious, tasty home-made meals for the Family is a Godsend for the Onco-Mom who has neither the time nor the energy to cook every night.

 

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ Quick Meals & Snacks


Having a Child with Cancer in the house means that you are generally stressed and fatigued to the max! This also means that you do not have a lot of time for normal household duties, including cooking elaborate meals.

Added to this, a Child with Cancer very often either does not have an appetite or cannot eat certain foods due to their treatment, mouth sores, taste changes, lack of appetite and various other reasons, so what to do?

Nutrition is really important for a Child with Cancer as they need all the strength they can muster to fight off the monster that is cancer. This means that even if it is difficult to eat o they don’t have much of an appetite, they need nutrition to build up their immune systems.

Today we bring you some easy, quick and minimal-ingredient recipes that we are sure your child will enjoy (you might just enjoy them too, and remember is is just as important to keep your strength up!)

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Winter Warmers


Hola, Little Fighter Friends & Supporters – it is Friday again and we have survived the week, and what a week it was again in South Africa.

Time to forget about work and politics and to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation and re-energise ourselves for next week.

Winter is upon us and it is set to be a cold weekend in the Western Cape with snowfalls on the mountain peaks so some nice winter warmers are called for – the kind of food that “sticks to one’s bones” as our parents/grandparents would say….

We hope that you enjoy these recipes that we publish every week and look forward to some feedback as to whether you have tried them or not, whether your Child with Cancer enjoyed them, and also whether there are any recipes that you would like us to publish.

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