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Soups for a bland diet

During cancer treatment, food can become difficult in a thousand ways.  Nausea aside, chemotherapy especially can mess with your G.I. system horribly, as can surgeries for many gastric cancers. Times like these call for a diet of bland, white low fiber foods that soothe your insides. But it doesn’t have to be as dull as it sounds. Soothing, comforting yet delicious food in the form soup is what this class is about. Soups are easy to eat, nourishing, and provide simple, soothing yet delicious options for us to sip on when we feel low. They can help us stay nourished and feel comforted even on our worst days. And once the cancer journey is done, trust me, they work pretty well during flu season too. Enjoy!

Egg Noodles in Broth

This quick soup is one of the reasons why I always have homemade stock in my freezer. Although my treatment is behind me, when I am tired and want something nourishing in a hurry, this is the perfect dish for me. A soothing standby, this nutritious soup is great for those on either a neutropenic, anti microbial, low fiber or bland diet. The spinach adds minerals and vitamins, and if you need them, the noodles add calories. All in all, this is a perfect treatment comfort food.

Leek and Potato Soup

This great winter soup is super easy to digest and super fast to put together. You can have literally have it on the table 30 minutes after thinking about it. Just the thing when you don’t have a lot of time or are feeling tired and don’t have a lot of energy. And it is very, very tasty. The dark leek greens give the soup extra flavor, while the yogurt gives the soup a creamy tang. And although I say it’s wintry, when pureed, it is also really delicious chilled with an extra dollop of Greek yogurt for some extra calories.

Lesson On Miso: Part 1 Miso Soup

If you are vegetarian or vegan, miso soup is wonderfully nourishing and comforting standby. It’s simply miso paste added to a basic broth, traditionally seaweed based dashi. Miso paste can be stirred into soups that use all kinds of vegetables and vegetable proteins like tofu. If you’ve never tried cooking with it, give it a go. It’s great to have around your kitchen as not only can it add great flavor to your cooking, it practically never expires. To top that, miso paste is a probiotic so can help aid digestion. This video will give you a short tutorial on the different types of miso followed by my quick way to make basic miso soup!

Chicken Soup

What can I say? Chicken soup is the perfect go-to when you feel unwell, no matter what the cause, be it the ‘flu or chemo blues. Studies have even shown that it really can help make you feel better. This video will show you how to make this comforting classic, soup. If you want to bulk it up, throw in a 1/4 cup of uncooked white rice. It’s delicious!

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