Understanding the need for a ready-reckoner of nutritional recipes for cancer patients, Boehringer Ingelheim India and Times Group jointly launched  Fight Cancer with Flavour, a special cookbook for cancer patients, recently.

The book was launched at Crossword and Kemps Corner with the authors — Gitanjali Gurbaxani, renowned food consultant and Devika Bhojwani, Vice President, The Womens Cancer Initiative, Tata Memorial Hospital — sharing insights about how cancer bacteria takes over patients eating habits and suggesting ways to overcome such conditions.

“Cancer patients often struggle with compromised-immunity and their appetite is severely affected. Body tolerance to different foods reduces, cutting down on most of the important nutrients. Eating the right kinds of food before, during and after treatment can help a patient stay stronger and healthier,” Gurbaxani said.

“The book Fight Cancer with Flavour, is a result of our hard work and attempt to help patients fighting with cancer to rejuvenate their appetite, giving them healthier reasons to eat,” she added.

Cancer can have an enormous impact on the patient and their caregivers. The associated strenuous treatment drains the patient of his physical, mental and emotional being, affecting body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and utilise the nutrients.

Constipation, vomiting, nausea and loss of appetite and taste are common symptoms which prevent them from eating properly. As a result, the bodys strength and nutrition levels dip drastically.

With a view to create ease for patients as well as for the caregivers, Boehringer Ingelheim India in association with Times Group came up with the book that reveals healthy combinations of commonly available ingredients, bringing out some healthier eating options available to the patients.

The book Fight Cancer with Flavour is an initiative to create awareness about importance of correct diet in cancer management. This book is developed keeping in mind cancer patients palate and provide cancer patients and caregivers access to healthy recipes that enhance patients nutritional levels and benefit them, said Sharad Tyagi, Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim India.

Taking Cancer on Through Flavour

This is an online hub providing nutrition support for people living with cancer.

Eating habits and preferences often change for people who have been diagnosed with cancer during their treatment. We have brought together a chef, an oncology dietician and a cancer survivor to develop a selection of recipes, which will be available in the coming months.

Savoury Cheese, Seed and Nut Energy Squares

These savoury snacks might be small, but they’re packed with protein and energy, making them a great option for anyone who has lost their appetite for large meals, or for supplementing intake in between meals. With quinoa, almonds, seeds and parmesan, this recipe delivers a healthy amount of calcium, zinc and vitamin E.

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 500g cooked quinoa
  • 180g rolled oats
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g flaxseeds
  • 500g natural yogurt
  • 100g grated parmesan
  • Salt and black pepper

Method

  • Line a large roasting tin with baking paper.
  • Combine the cooked quinoa, oats, almonds, pumpkin and flax-seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the yogurt and cheese and season well.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, leveling it with the back of the spoon.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees or until the centre is set and the top is beginning to brown.
  • Once baked, transfer the hot roasting tin to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Turn out the tin onto a chopping board, peel away the baking paper and cut the bars into squares; you’re now ready to snack away.
  • Store any remaining bars in the fridge

Download the above recipe in PDF format or watch how to make these savoury snacks using this step-by-step video

Baked Stuffed Apple with Nuts, Dried Fruit, Blackberries and Yogurt

Experience a bowl of spiced autumnal goodness. This soft and warming dessert is an excellent and easy way to eat fruit. The nuts, oats and dried fruit lend further layers of sweetness to the tender apple, and together with the cooling yogurt, the result is a delicious combination of texture and taste.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 eating apples
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp chopped raisins
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 50g blackberries
  • 4 heaped tbsp natural yogurt

Method

  • Core the apples and place on a baking tray.
  • Mix the hazelnuts, raisins, oats, 1 tbsp brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Stuff the mixture into the apples and top each apple with a knob of butter and 1 tsp brown sugar.
  • Place the blackberries around the apples and bake all in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the fruit is tender.
  • Transfer the cooked apples to a plate, then pour the blackberries and any juice into the yogurt, mix together and dollop over the apples to serve.

You can download the above recipe in PDF format or watch the step-by-step video for you to follow along with.

Visit the Taking Cancer on Through Flavour website for more information and recipes – we will also post more recipes on this blog so watch this space.

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