Healthy Recipes for Mesothelioma Patients on the Go

Smoothie and Fruit

After a mesothelioma diagnosis, your time becomes more precious. Juggling daily responsibilities and doctor’s appointments while coping with symptoms makes it both difficult and unappealing to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals.

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to carve out a huge chunk of your day to make yourself healthy, nutritious meals.

Because your time and energy may be limited, don’t worry about making everything from scratch. Frozen vegetables, pre-prepared proteins and quick cooking grains can make your life much easier!

Here are two recipes packed with cancer-fighting foods and simple ingredients that you can throw together in less time than it would take to hit a fast food drive-through!

Now-and-Later Energy Bowls

Recipe for Energy Bowl

Carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy. Now more than ever, your body needs every boost it can get! The brown rice and beans in this recipe are two high-quality carbohydrates, providing far more nutritional benefit than white bread or white pasta ever could.

The beans also fill your body with protein. Not only does the protein keep you full, but it helps your body maintain its muscle mass rather than allow it to waste away.

As an added bonus, garlic contains a substance called allicin, which promotes the death of cancerous cells within the body.

Immune Booster Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and mesothelioma-fighting vitamins! Berries are potent sources of flavonoids and querticin.
Recipe for Immune System Smoothie

To get the biggest concentration of these cancer-fighting substances, use blackberries – a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found these fruits to have the highest concentration of antioxidants.

Don’t be intimidated by the spinach – it will turn the smoothie green, but it adds a major hit of vitamins A and C without changing the flavor of the smoothie. You won’t even know it’s there!

What are your favorite fast, healthy recipes for days you don’t feel like cooking? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.


After graduating with an English degree from Southeastern University in 2010, Faith Franz came on board as a health and wellness writer for The Mesothelioma Center.

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