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Last Updated : Sep 09,2019

पौष्टिक कैंसर कीमोथेरपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Recipes while on chemotherapy recipes in Hindi)
કેન્સરના દર્દીઓ માટે પૌષ્ટિક કિમોથેરપી કરાવતી વખતેની - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Recipes while on chemotherapy recipes in Gujarati)

Recipes while on chemotherapy, Healthy Veg Recipes for Cancer Patients

Recipes while on chemotherapy. What to eat while on chemtherapy. While on chemotherapy, patients need for right dose of nutrition is more, as this treatment puts on extra burden on the system in addition to the stress from the surviving cancer cells. Though the needs may vary depending on the type of cancer, age and other illness of each patient, nevertheless the best would be to have energy and nutrient dense wholesome foods and stay steer off fats and sugary foods. 

Fresh Fruit Raita ( Calcium Rich Recipe )

Fresh Fruit Raita ( Calcium Rich Recipe )

 5 goals to achieve through diet for cancer patients on chemotherapy

1.    Feel Right and Be Energetic. 

This is most important. You need to think right for your body to work right. Be optimistic to the treatment – only then it helps you heal. Work on your diet with your dietitian. You need to eat small and frequent meals rather than large meals. Concentrate on good carbs from whole grains and protein from curd, eggs, pulses, dals and sprouts. 

Brain Booster, Carrot Apple Beetroot and Spinach Juice

Brain Booster, Carrot Apple Beetroot and Spinach Juice

Never miss out the first meal of your day – the breakfast. This is a must to kick start your metabolism and keep you energetic through the day. Focus on healthy grains like  jowarbajrabuckwheatragioats and barley, quinoa etc. while avoiding breaking your fast with bread and biscuits daily. Try nutritious options like Sprouts Palak Idli,  bajra roti and Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chila

Barley Feta and Spinach Salad, Healthy Salad

Barley Feta and Spinach Salad, Healthy Salad

Adding veggies to your breakfast would further enhance its nutrition count. They provide vitamins and minerals necessary to build immunity to fight infections. We have added handful of methi leaves to chana dal and made Chana Dal Pancakes and some chopped spinach leaves to create a South Indian delicacy – Jowar Palak Appe. You can create your own combos. 

Jowar Palak Appe

Jowar Palak Appe

Form main meals – lunch and dinner - try and combine a cereal and pulse as we have done in the recipe of Wholesome Khichdi and Bajra and Moong Dal Khichdi. This gives a good quality protein. This is a classic example of wholesome food. 

Bajra and Moong Dal KhichdiBajra and Moong Dal Khichdi

2.  Pile up on Antioxidants

Antioxidants are the substances that help in fighting the potentially harmful substances called “free radicals” and cancer cells in our body. They help in enhancing your body’s immunity and prevent or stop cell damage. You are in a stage where you need to focus on this the most. 

You might have been prescribed multi-vitamin tablets but fresh fruits and vegetables are the best way to pack antioxidants by way of diet. Vitamin A, vitamin C, anthocyanins, lutein, zinc, indoles etc. are some antioxidants to be included in your diet. 

Blueberry Orange and Yoghurt SmoothieBlueberry Orange and Yoghurt Smoothie

Few suggestions that we have for you to include fruits in your diet are Fruity Chana Salad, Date and Apple Shake and Blueberry Orange and Yoghurt Smoothie

Veggies are the most easiest to include in the meals… be it a chunky soup like Oats and Vegetable Broth or soup like Nourishing Barley Soup.

You can be a more creative and combine both fruits and veggies and make a healthy bowl like Cabbage, Carrot and Lettuce Salad too.

3.  Overcome Diarrhea and Nausea if Any

Diarrhea is one the side effects of chemo. Many experience it, while some may not. If you face its occurrence, the best things to avoid are sugary foods, fat laden foods, caffeine, all roadside foods, alcohol, milk, uncooked fruits and vegetables, pickles and canned foods and fermented foods as well. 

Low Cal Tomato SoupLow Cal Tomato Soup

Prefer simple home cooked food with just a tinge of spice probably. Try basic soups, watery dals, oats, banana, apple and other fruits without skin. Opt for Healthy Low Cal Tomato Soup or something simple like Apple Stew. These are soothing for the gut. 

Quinoa Red Chawli Leaves KhakhraQuinoa Red Chawli Leaves Khakhra

For nausea, prefer sipping on nourishing drinks (Muskmelon and Mint Juice and Sweet Lime Pomegranate and Apple Juice) or have small portions of dry snacks (Moong Dal Nimki and Quinoa Red Chawli Leaves Khakhra). These help to reduce the feeling of nausea. Avoid strong odour foods along with caffeine and alcohol. Also prefer cool soothing foods than hot foods. 

4.  Relieve mouth sores

Chemotherapy sometimes also cause mouth sores. This is one of the most difficult situation as the aim is to serve tasty food with minimum spices, to heal the sores while providing the key nutrients to nourish your cells as well. 

Apple and Oats MilkshakeApple and Oats Milkshake

Keep sipping. This helps to keep the mouth moist throughout the day. It avoids further dryness. Avoid the canned juices and sugary drinks. Have soothing and cooling drinks like Date Honey Banana Shake and Apple and Oats Milkshake. These energy drinks will fill you and deliver nutrients to keep you going too.  

Cold Cucumber SoupCold Cucumber Soup

It’s a good idea to avoid hot foods including the soups too. This would make the sores more painful. If you wish to have a soup, you can try the Cold Cucumber Soup.

Pear Basil Guava Infused WaterPear Basil Guava Infused Water

5.   Hydrate well

Drinking plenty of water will prevent dehydration. Water is required for…

·        Transport oxygen and nutrients

·        Maintain body temperature

·        Lubricate joints

·        Maintain heartbeat

·        Create saliva, and

·        Protect organs

Dehydration, nausea and vomiting are often noticed in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. This shows signs like dry skin, dryness of tongue, constipation, weakness and so on… 

Coconut Water with Coconut MeatCoconut Water with Coconut Meat

You need to drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water. Always keep a bottle of water with you all the time and keep sipping on it through the day. You can be a little resourceful and buy a Fruit Infused Bottle, to sip on flavoured water like Pink Guava Apple Infused Water if this interests you. Coconut water is also a good way of making up for your nutrient and water needs. Try Sweetlime Infused Coconut Water and Coconut Water with Coconut Meat are some ways to have the pleasing coconut water. 

Super 7 Stress Reliever, Stress Reliever Carrot Tomato and Beetroot JuiceSuper 7 Stress Reliever, Stress Reliever Carrot Tomato and Beetroot Juice

You can also discover a treasure of other drinks like Carrot, Tomato and Beetroot Juice, Apple Carrot Drink and Papaya and Green Apple Smoothie etc., in this section. These are truly a tasty experience! 

Enjoy our Recipes while on chemotherapy. What to eat while on chemtherapy  and other Cancer recipe articles below. 


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Carrot Onion Soup
Recipe# 22228
08 Sep 19

 by Tarla Dalal
The Carrot Onion Soup is a hearty soup made with a unique combination of ingredients. What is so new about combining carrot and onions? Look a little further to discover that this lovely soup also features apples, which brings about a beautiful balance in both flavour and texture. Milk adds a ....
Nourishing Barley Soup
Recipe# 3529
24 May 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Barley is a cereal that is not usually used in everyday cooking. It is however a great source of protein, iron and fibre and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as I have done in this broth. The combination of masoor dal along with barley i.e. a pulse with a cereal makes this soup ....
Chana Dal Pancakes
Recipe# 3510
09 Sep 19

 by Tarla Dalal
chana dal pancakes | healthy chana dal pancakes |chana dal pancakes for diabetics | with 26 amazing images Chana dal pancakes is made of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables ....
Papaya and Green Apple Smoothie
Recipe# 40111
21 Jun 19

by Tarla Dalal
The delightful flavour and amazing texture of this smoothie will surely be noticed by you! An amazing blend of fruits, curds and vanilla essence makes this a real heart throb. In fact, once you taste it, this Papaya and Green Apple Smoothie will win hands down over any junky snack you might consider ....
Bajra and Cauliflower Roti
Recipe# 22219
28 Jun 19

by Tarla Dalal
Don't settle for bland bajra rotis! Feast on these delicious Bajra and Cauliflower Rotis instead. The grated garlic and spring onions really rev up the flavour of these rotis. Ensure that you roll the rotis immediately once the dough is kneaded; else it may turn soft and pose a problem while rol ....
Jowar Palak Appe
Recipe# 42675
15 Jul 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Irresistibly tempting, the Jowar Palak Appe is a real treat to the palate, while also being a nourishing snack for your body. Rich in iron , fibre and other nutrients, this appe is quite easy to make and super tast ....
Antioxidant Boost ( Eat Well Stay Well Recipes )
Recipe# 33480
20 Feb 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Antioxidant boost, a potent antioxidant drink that fights all infections and enhances immune system. Eating so many fruits can be boring hence make it into a juice and gain their benefits.
Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chila
Recipe# 4652
15 Apr 19

by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally, chila is a thin pancake made of gram flour, but this nutritious chila uses a healthy combination of jowar, whole wheat and maize flour making it a great source of protein and vitamin A. You could also create your own version by combining other flours. Enjoy it with coriander garlic ch ....
Oats and Vegetable Broth
Recipe# 7440
12 Apr 15

by Tarla Dalal
A toothsome broth of sautéed vegetables and oats cooked simply with water, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Comforting and sumptuous, this Oats and Vegetable Broth is very nutritious too. The vegetables provide an abundant supply of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that reduces free-radical damag ....
Carrot, Tomato and Beetroot Juice
Recipe# 39018
26 Nov 13

by Tarla Dalal
This low-calorie combination of easily available carrot, tomato and beetroot provides large doses of fibre and vitamin a, and is a perfect way to kick start the day! the lovely colour makes it especially appealing to kids.
Quinoa Red Chawli Leaves Khakhra
Recipe# 42591
15 Apr 19

by Tarla Dalal
Well, you’re sure to have tasted plain whole wheat flour khakhras as well as those perked up with ingredients like cumin, garlic, fenugreek leaves etc. Here is a healthy and tasty khakhra that’s mind-bogglingly unique. Made of a mix of flours includi ....
Apple Carrot Drink
Recipe# 36892
31 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Apples with skin gives us fibre and vitamin c and carrots is a good source of vitamin a. . This drink is great to be had in the morning as it is very refreshing and healthy. . . Make this as close as possible to serving time. . .
Apple and Carrot Soup with Potatoes  ( Baby and Toddler )
Recipe# 3055
04 Sep 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
apple carrot soup for babies, toddlers | apple and carrot soup | apple carrot soup with potatoes | with 35 amazing images. Fancier than porridges and single-fruit stews, this Apple and Carrot Soup ....
Coconut Water with Coconut Meat
Recipe# 40496
15 Apr 19

by Tarla Dalal
This refreshing drink has a nice texture, which is quite unlike any juice you have ever had before. Coconut Water with Coconut Meat has a pulpy texture, and when served chilled, it tingles your taste buds with the mildly-sweet but electrifying flavour, which is unique to coconut water. C ....
Wholesome Khichdi
Recipe# 39568
06 Jun 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is perhaps the most popular, comforting and homely of rice dishes, enjoyed by Indians the world over. While there are various versions of khichdi, known by various names, every community has some way of preparing this wholesome combination of rice and moong dal, which is nutritious, energisi ....
Moong Dal Nimki, Bengali Healthy Jar Snack
Recipe# 41968
15 Apr 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Nimki is an inimitable Bengali snack, which never fails to make tea-time a lively affair. While the traditional deep-fried version is made with refined flour, here we have given the recipe several innovative twists to make it super healthy. This Moong Dal Nim ....
Date Honey Banana Shake
Recipe# 4213
05 Nov 15

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by Tarla Dalal
This energy-filled shake is a great way to start your day. Fatigue can be very stressful. At times, you feel so exhausted that you do not even feel like cooking something to boost your energy levels. At such times, this power-packed Date Honey Banana Shake will come in really handy. It will sa ....
Cold Cucumber Soup
Recipe# 1346
15 Apr 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Cold soups can be refreshing and appetizing at the same time, especially when garnished generously with perky mint and tantalizing pepper powder. This Cold Cucumber Soup is conveniently low-cal and low-fat, yet filled with the goodness of water-rich cucumber and crunchy capsicum. Low-fat milk and lo ....
Pineapple Cucumber Salad
Recipe# 3597
24 Jun 19

by Tarla Dalal
Pineapple and cucumbers tossed with coriander and lemon juice furnish a storehouse of vitamin C which is extremely essential to build up your immunity against infections. Honey imparts a delicate sweetness to this tangy salad. Rather than serving it as an occasional treat, make this sweet and sour s ....
Blueberry Orange and Yoghurt Smoothie
Recipe# 41602
19 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
An exotic smoothie with the inimitable touch of blueberries, the Blueberry Orange and Yoghurt Smoothie is like a service camp for your body cells! It is sure to spark up the fire in you and put you back on track with its vibrant, tangy flavour. While orange, blueberry and yoghurt are all tangy i ....
Bajra and Moong Dal Khichdi
Recipe# 2984
08 Apr 19

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by Tarla Dalal
This is a traditional Rajasthani recipe that we discovered is an excellent source of protein, iron, folic acid and fibre. Its creamy consistency and mild flavours make it a good recipe to have especially in the preconception period and first trimester. But i'm sure you will enjoy it all through your ....
Cabbage, Carrot and Lettuce Salad
Recipe# 7442
12 Apr 15

by Tarla Dalal
A healthier salad, the Cabbage, Carrot and Lettuce Salad is chock-full of the powerful vitamins A and C, which not only ward off the evils of pollution and stress, but also tone down the negative effects of high glucose levels. This healthy salad is also a treat to munch on, orange segments gives th ....
Green Salad with Muskmelon Dressing
Recipe# 4637
29 Jul 19

 by Tarla Dalal
The Green Salad with Muskmelon Dressing is sure to fascinate the most discerning of diners! A gourmet preparation that features vitamin A rich crisp broccoli florets, lettuce and bean sprouts with a muskmelon dressing, the interplay of flavours and textures in this salad is exciting. Apart from the ....
Fruity Chana Salad  ( Baby and Toddler)
Recipe# 3096
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby's meals. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won't even notice they're eating a salad. You can add any fruits your baby likes to supplement ....
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