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Satisfying Snacks

The Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Program
November 13th, 2020
snacks-2.pngA couple of hours after a meal, and you’re noticing your hunger starting to kick-in again…it’s snack time! Snacks are an excellent way to satisfy hunger between meals, prevent overeating at the next meal, provide your body with a boost of energy, and promote blood sugar control.

Remember to portion and adjust accordingly to what you uniquely need to stay nourished between meals. You may need/want one snack, two snacks, none or all of the snacks. You may just want a slice of banana bread, and that’s ok too! Listen in to your body’s cues. A lunch of snacks is also a fun and easy way to create a quick meal.

Generally you want to include some protein & fiber when building snacks as they tend to promote sustained energy until the next meal, which is especially good on those days when your to-do’s are a bit too long. Be sure to stay hydrated between meals as well.

10 Simple, Satisfying Snacks:
  1. Guacamole with tortilla chips & red pepper slices
  2. Hummus & carrots, cucumbers
  3. Cottage cheese or yogurt with berries, add nuts/granola for extra crunch!
  4. Cheddar cheese & whole grain crackers
  5. Peanut butter & apple slices
  6. Trail mix & air-popped popcorn
  7. Grapes & cheese stick
  8. Tuna fish & whole wheat crackers
  9. ½ of a peanut butter & banana sandwich
  10. Cherry tomato & mozzarella bites

Enjoy!


About Audrey Caspar-Clarke

Audrey Caspar-Clark MS, RD, LDN, Doris Piccinin, MS, RD, CDE, CSO, LDN, Carly Roop, RD, CSO, MA, LDN, and Caroline Meehan, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CDCES are the registered dietitians at the Abramson Cancer Center at Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine who specialize in cancer nutrition and provide information based on sound nutritional therapies to support patients throughout their cancer treatment.
 

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Note: You may well have to vary the snacks depending on the type of cancer.

For example, cancers of the digestive system may make it difficult for you to tolerate vegetables or fruits with a lot of fiber, or nuts.

Experiment with what works for you and what makes you feel better, not worse.
 

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Tips to get more protein and calories:​

  • Switch from skim milk to whole milk, if you’re struggling with weight loss
  • Melt cheese on sandwiches, stir it into scrambled eggs or grate on top of soups, starches or meats
  • Add cottage or ricotta cheese to fruits and vegetables, egg dishes or desserts
  • Get an extra boost by mixing powdered milk into milkshakes and smoothies
  • Spread peanut butter and other nutbased spreads on sandwiches, toast and vegetables or swirl them into shakes, smoothies, yogurt and soft ice cream
  • Sprinkle nuts over cereal, salads, vegetables, pancakes or fruit as a crunchy topping
  • Add chopped meat to salads, omelets and quiches
  • Eat more beans and tofu. Hummus is high in protein and can be spread on breads and vegetables
  • Use whole wheat pastas -- and add cream sauces
  • Mix legumes, lentils and beans into chicken or beef broth
  • Cook vegetables and meats in olive oil
  • Turn fruit into smoothies or sauces, such as apple sauce
Also consider drinking nutritional supplements, like Boost or Ensure. Several brands and flavors are available. They can be mixed with fruits, ice cream and syrups to make milkshakes. Generic versions are available and can be less expensive. Boost Very High Calorie, an ultra-high calorie supplement, is available in the U-M Rogel Cancer Center pharmacy.

Tips to make eating easier for head and neck cancer patients, specifically:​

  • Dry mouth? drink plenty of fluids. Choose moist, soft foods. Limit spicy or hot foods. Cut food into small pieces and mix with sauces and gravies.
  • Sore mouth & throat? Avoid dry, crunchy, citrus, spicy or salty foods. Eat luke warm or cool foods. Use sauces and gravies or milk to moisten foods.
  • Food tastes different? Use plastic utensils for metallic tastes. Rinse your mouth with alcohol free mouthwash or a baking soda and salt water mix before each meal. If foods taste salty add sugar. If foods taste sweet add salt.
  • Difficulty chewing? Choose soft foods. Cut foods into small pieces or puree foods with gravies or sauces. Drink protein rich smoothies and shakes.
 
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Patients with cancer who are cachexic by the conventional criterion (involuntary weight loss) and by two additional criteria (muscle depletion and low muscle attenuation) share a poor prognosis, regardless of overall body weight.


Malnutrition is such an important contributor to poor prognosis that data support the inclusion of nutrition screening as a formal component of survival prognostication for several tumor types.
 
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