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 breast cancer, thyroid cancer, kidney cancer or soft tissue sarcoma pertaining to health-promoting foods and dietary wellness. Visit CancerCare, Cancer Support Community or Cornucopia Cancer Support Center to learn more. 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*

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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
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 Information for Patients Living with Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer often receive a dose of radioactive iodine (RAI) about two months after their surgery in an attempt to destroy any remaining thyroid cells in their bodies. In preparation for an RAI scan or RAI treatment, patients are usually asked to go on a low-iodine diet for two – three weeks. When preparing for radioactive iodine, patients are asked to avoid a number of foods including, but not limited to, those with iodized salt, sea salt, seafood and dairy products. Therefore, we do not recommend patients who are on a low-iodine diet take part in the Magnolia Meals at Home program until they have finished treatment.

For more information on food that should be avoided while on a low-iodine diet, as well as healthy recipes for patients on a low-iodine diet, click here for the ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.℠ cookbook.

Another common symptom of thyroid cancer treatment is dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. Anyone who has difficulty swallowing should avoid coarse, dry foods such as toast, crackers, chips, and pretzels. Creamy, soft, moistened foods are usually well tolerated.

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