One of the ways to control my ongoing nausea is to eat small meals or snacks throughout the day. Large meals are usually not palatable or even possible, but small snacks are great. My snacks do not include meat because I’m vegetarian. Most of my snacks include some protein along with some fiber. Because my taste buds are lazy from the chemo, the only foods that taste good are those that have an element of salty, sour or umami. Sweet is the least sensitive right now, making it difficult for me to taste chocolate or other treats. Also, for some reason I almost cannot even tolerate anything that is dry: like a plain cracker or bread. Here are some of my favorites.
- hummus with crackers, pita chips or bread or crisp veggies
- plain yogurt with my own additions: honey, agave, dried fruit and nuts: nonfat and low-fat yogurt are very tart and not for everyone; whole milk yogurt is easiest to eat plain
- cup of soup; bean and lentil have the most protein and fiber; if I eat other soup with less protein, I add a sprinkle of grated cheese and melt it.
- hard-boiled egg
- string cheese and an apple, or other favorite fruit
- peanut or other nut butter and a few crackers or fruit: bananas and apples are my favorite
- cottage cheese–alone or with fruit, fresh, frozen or canned: I like canned peaches, pears or mandarin oranges and frozen blueberries sprinkled with brown sugar
- bowl of cereal–dry cereal is quick, but if the protein content is low, boost it by adding some nuts or seeds; hot cereals are great and yummy with a little added fruit and nuts
- small portions of favorite nuts or trail mix
- edamame, plain or dark chocolate enrobed
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