Nutrition & Recipes

Nutrition & Recipes

Cancer and its treatment can sometimes have negative health effects that make it hard to eat well. Magnolia Meals at Home® partners offer excellent resources for patients living with cancer pertaining to health-promoting foods and dietary wellness. Visit CancerCare, Cancer Support Community or Cornucopia Cancer Support Center to learn more. Certain types of cancer may have specific dietary restrictions. Remember to consult with your healthcare team before making changes to your diet.

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Eating Well While Managing Nausea

    Tips for Preventing Nausea
  • Do not allow yourself to become excessively hungry; this can make your nausea worse
  • Eat small amounts, but eat more often in order to get the proper nourishment
  • Try to eat foods that are easy on the stomach
    Foods that may be better tolerated during nausea
  • Saltine crackers or dry toast
  • Clear liquids or ice chips
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Broth-based soups
  • Rice, pasta, or potatoes (boiled or baked)
  • Warm cereal, such as Cream of Wheat™ or oatmeal
  • Baked or broiled skinless chicken
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt or sherbet
  • Smoothies
  • Gelatin
  • Popsicles®
  • Fruits and vegetables

Cream of Wheat is a trademark of Nabisco. Popsicles is a registered trademark of Unilever.

    Foods to avoid when you're feeling nauseated
  • Extremely hot or cold foods
  • Foods with strong odors
  • Foods that are greasy, fried or high in fat content
  • Spicy hot food
  • Very sweet or rich foods, such as candy, cookies, cakes and desserts

Healthy Eating Recipes for Patients Living with Cancer*

(Click an arrow below to expand or collapse each recipe)

Banana-nut bread
Quick and nourishing
Multigrain pancakes with strawberry sauce
Hearty and high in fiber
Seasoned spinach with garlic
A good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium & Iron
Butternut squash soup
Chock full of beta-carotene
Lasagna
Cholesterol and dairy-free!
Macaroni and cheese
A simple take on a classic
Spinach cheese pie
8 grams of protein per serving!
Swedish meatballs
Great if you’re on a soft or fiber-restricted diet

Important Dietary Information

Please note, certain types of cancer may have specific dietary restrictions. Speak with your doctor before starting the Magnolia Meals at Home program to make sure the meals are right for you.

*These recipes are not part of the Magnolia Meals at Home menu.