Editor’s note: Each week, our Friday Fix series offers pancreatic cancer patients, their families and caregivers a new topic related to health, diet and nutrition. In June, we’re focusing on how to best approach the core meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For today’s post, we talk about the importance of breakfast and offer some delicious morning meal recipes.
Breaking the fast, also known as breakfast, is an important meal that is often overlooked – whether due to not feeling hungry in the morning or not having enough time before starting a busy, activity-filled day.
Even though snacking can be a great way to satisfy and prevent hunger, eating a small breakfast can get your day off to a strong start and provide multiple health benefits, particularly for pancreatic cancer patients.
The nutritional goals for patients with pancreatic cancer should be to consume an adequate amount of fluids, calories, protein, vitamins and minerals each day to maintain a desirable weight and activity level. Making the healthiest choices possible to maintain good nutrition (at each meal including breakfast) can help patients minimize the side effects of treatments, recover from surgery and/or maintain the best quality of life.
We have compiled the following easy and delicious recipes from the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) to try.
- Corn Pancakes with Lime Drizzle
- Banana Waffles with Blueberries
- Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
- Apricot Pecan Bars
- Red Pepper with Eggs
For simple breakfast ideas, request our free Diet and Nutrition Booklet.
Pancreatic cancer patients often have many questions and concerns about nutritional care. MyPlate, American Institute for Cancer Research and Cooking. Comfort. Care., can be used as resources for healthy diets on a budget. Since each patient has their own nutritional needs, we recommend patients consult with a registered dietitian for nutritional advice.