For pancreatic cancer patients who feel up to hosting or attending gatherings with family and friends this spring and summer, finding healthy and beneficial snacks can be difficult to come by.

Dietitians often recommend frequent snacks for pancreatic cancer patients who do not have an appetite for regular size meals. A healthy snack should include a protein food paired with a fruit, whole grain (as tolerated) and/or a vegetable. If you’re experiencing diarrhea, opt for low-fiber bread, crackers or cereals, and peel thick-skinned fruits and vegetables.

“Eating six to eight snacks or small meals daily to ease digestion and maintain the best quality of life,” said Maria Petzel, senior clinical dietitian for the Pancreas Surgery Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  “Socializing while eating is another way to cope with a poor appetite. It is natural to eat more when you are not focused on every single bite of food.”

Here are a few snack recipe ideas that are healthy, delicious and simple to make if you are hosting or attending a party in the coming months:

Baked Apple Chips

Golden Beet Veggie Balls with Almond Sage Cranberry Crema (Vegan)

Hummus

Sweet Hot Pumpkin Seeds with Autumn Spices

Rosemary Garlic Flatbread

Gingersnaps

Beautiful Toasts

Pancreatic cancer patients often have many questions and concerns about nutritional careMyPlate and American Institute for Cancer Research can be used as resources for healthy diets on a budget. Also, a registered dietitian can work with patients to meet their individual dietary needs.

Contact Patient Central for comprehensive disease information – including our diet and nutrition booklet, nutrition tips and recipes – and help finding a registered dietitian in your area.

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