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Cookbook Offers Nutritional Advice to Oncology Patients & Families

Cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, suffer from a host of nutritional issues. Fatigue, loss of appetite, taste changes, mouth sores and other side effects can make meal time more stressful than enjoyable. However, with the right recipes, patients can enjoy healthy, easy-to-prepare, nutritious meals made of foods that are easy to chew, swallow and digest-and combat their symptoms at the same time.

In The Meals to Heal Cookbook, Susan Bratton, the founder of Savor Health, and Jessica Iannotta, an oncology nutritionist, provide 150 nutritionally balanced recipes to nourish patients during their fight with cancer. The recipes are organized by meal, as well as by cancer treatment side effect, allowing readers to easily find meals suited to their particular health needs. Many recipes can be completed in less than thirty minutes for patients and caregivers who are short on time or simply exhausted.

Bratton and Iannotta present a variety of recipes, from sweet breakfasts to hearty sides, warm grains to mains, snacks to sauces, and more, including: 

  • Peach Cardamom Honeyed Yogurt
  • Vegan Mushroom Breakfast Burritos
  • Shrimp Salad Sandwiches
  • Seitan Marinara Pasta Casserole
  • Cilantro Chicken Fajitas 
  •  Tuscan White Bean Vegetable Soup
  • Vanilla Almond Chia Seed Shake
  • Zucchini Leek Latkes
  • Dark Chocolate Raisin Oat Flour Cookies
  • Supersmooth Ginger Hummus

The Meals to Heal Cookbook offers a wide range of options for all types of diets. Sections devoted to the discussion of soy and juicing educate readers, and vegan and vegetarian options abound since the authors advocate eating a plant-based, unprocessed, "real food" diet. A book that supports patients during all stages of their cancer journey, The Meals to Heal Cookbook includes 24 color photographs and advocates that "food can change your cancer journey."

Susan Bratton is founder and CEO of Savor Health (formerly Meals to Heal), a comprehensive patient and caregiver focused cancer nutrition service. Jessica Iannotta, MS, RD, CSO, CDN is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition.

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