The following post was written by the Woman’s Hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services Department.
For many patients undergoing cancer treatment, their changes in taste and smell can lead to a strong intolerance of any type of meat. While going vegan is a popular diet, patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation require a high amount of protein in their diets.
But without meat, how do those patients get their protein? Woman’s Hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services Department has a few tips to get enough protein in your diet without any meat.
- Cheese, eggs, beans and peanut butter are considered meat alternatives. Add cheese to vegetables, fruit or soups.
- Keep hard-boiled eggs handy to grab and go. Chop and add them to casseroles, salads or soups. Make egg salad and finger sandwiches ahead of time.
- Add powder proteins to soups, gelatins or casseroles
- Drink high-protein milk shakes between meals or purchase high-protein liquid supplements to make high protein shakes.
- Add beans, like black, red or navy beans, to salads and soups
- Make dips with beans to put on crackers or to eat with chips, or add them as a spread on sandwiches
- Peanut butter can be added to milk shakes for a peanut butter shake or have a peanut butter sandwich with a cold glass of milk