Cancer Caregiver Tips for Eating Well Through Cancer

Caregiver recipe Chex Mix Snack recipe

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.





Snack Mix
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
Calories 221
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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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She has consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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