Ensuring that your Child with Cancer gets sufficient nutrition, which is necessary to improve their immune system so that they can fight the cancer, is not always easy, especially when you are a single parent, are dealing with the side-effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or have other children to look after as well.
The following quick meal and snack suggestions can really be of big help if your Child with Cancer is missing meals while having treatment or waiting for appointments.
Some of these meals/snacks may not seem like the most healthy of choices, but if your Child with Cancer has a poor appetite, it is important to focus on high-protein and high-energy foods and fluids.
With summer on our doorstep in South Africa, and school holidays, the Festive Season and loads of visitors also just around the corner, the last thing one needs as the parent of a Child with Cancer who is struggling to eat, is to spend loads of time in the kitchen trying to find something to make that your child can eat and will enjoy.
With that in mind, we will be bringing you some Quick ‘n Easy, Minimal Ingredient, Freeze-Ahead and Kid-Friendly recipes over the next few weeks so that you can focus on other things and enjoy the Holidays, safe in the knowledge that you are providing great meals for your Child with Cancer that will enjoy and which will build their immune system at the same time.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
One of the biggest worries of a parent of a Child with Cancer (apart from the cancer itself of course) is that it is so difficult to get a child to eat when he or she is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment as their appetite is non-existent and they may also have sores in their mouth, nausea or difficulty swallowing.
The following recipes are great for this problem, as they are all snacks that kids will love, they are highly nutritious so even eating a small amount is good, and they will help strengthen your child’s immune system so that he or she can fight off the cancer and any infections.
Remember also that although these recipes are aimed at Children with Cancer, the other kids and the adults (or the kid in them) will love them too, so make sure that you make enough for everyone!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.