Caregiver Tips for the Challenging Time
As soon as you learn a loved one or friend has cancer, you want to be able to help in some way and need caregiver support. A snack, casserole, or running an errand can bring joy and happiness to the person not feeling well. However, being there to listen and offer a warm smile is often the greatest gift. Here are a few helpful hints from my cookbook, Eating Well Through Cancer that will help cancer caregivers.
- Prepare meals in disposable containers when dropping off food.
- When dropping off food, also supply paper plates and forks for easy clean up.
- Prepare meals that may be frozen to pull out as needed.
- Go grocery shopping with your loved one’s list.
- Prepare and purchase ready to eat snacks.
- Stock the pantry with healthy and tasty food.
Easy Snack Mix for Caregiver to Make
Many times someone going through treatment has difficulty eating and sometimes snacks are a good choice. Eating snacks throughout the day can offer a person something to munch on. This Snack Mix makes a great option for a caregiver to take over to someone’s house. Remember to take in a disposable container and this snack mix lasts a long time.
Here’s an easy recipe that makes a great snack mix any time of day. Sweet and salty mixes are always a great combo and this is an addictive combination. Use different colored M&M’s for a festive touch.
Makes twenty (1/2-cup) servings
3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups honey nut toasted rice and corn cereal squares
6 cups mini pretzels
1 cup soy nuts
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
1 cup raisins, optional
1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
2.Whisk together sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
3.Toss together cereal squares, pretzels, soy nuts, and peanuts in a large bowl.Drizzle oil mixture over cereal mixture, tossing gently to coat.
4.Scatter mixture on foil-lined jelly roll pan and bake 25 minutes, stirring often to prevent too much browning. Turn off oven and let cereal stay in oven 1 hour to continue crisping.
5.When cool, toss with the chocolate candies and raisins. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Nutrition information per serving
Protein (g) 6
Carbohydrate (g) 30
Fat (g) 9
Calories from Fat (%) 36
Saturated Fat (g) 2
Dietary Fiber (g) 2
Cholesterol (mg) 1
Sodium (mg) 309
Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1.5 fat
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