• What are some foods that you all eat to get protein? I know that I need protein to help counter weight loss,

    Asked by StegalMan on Saturday, February 23, 2013

    What are some foods that you all eat to get protein? I know that I need protein to help counter weight loss,

    but my stomach is sensitive to meats.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Good sources of vegetable protein include nuts, seeds, and legumes. Dairy products also contain a fair amount of protein and then there are always the protein shakes and powders as supplements.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Chia seeds are supposedly the richest vegetable source of protein, omega 3. Kale is a vegetable high in protein as well. See if you can eat boiled egg whites, they're easier to digest than meats and high in protein.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      tofu and seitan are great sources of protein and easy to digest. Also try quinoa a high protein grain that you might want to try.

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      Eggs. Usually hard boiled. Tuna. I can tolerate meat so some kind of lean steak. Or as I requested from my brother, anything that will go into a tortilla. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I constantly was checking the Livestrong site during chemo to elevate WBC, Platelets, RBC... Here's a link to their protein suggestions.

      over 3 years ago
    • GolfGirl's Avatar

      My favorite recipe for weight gain is my boyfriend's Berry Protein Shake. Take 1 scoop of whey protein powder add 1 cup of water and blend. Add a cup of frozen berries (I like Costco's Three Berries) and 1/2 cup of greek yogurt. Blend well - its delicious. It helped me gain back 14 lbs. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Greek yogurt in smoothies (chobani brand), quiona - sounds exotic but works well as a pasta substitute and easy to digest.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      What I ended up doing for dad was making a milkshake with Carnation Breakfast Essentials, whole milk, added powdered milk, and some ice in a blender. Not the best thing for you, but it gets in some additional protein, and tastes better than Ensure-type drinks.

      over 3 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      Small curdle cottage cheese-easy to eat during treatment becuase it is light and doesn't have a strong taste or smell to it. Chicken breast-low in fat and easy to digest. Yogurt, eggs and baked potatoes-easy to make and good in protien. .
      Your local cancer center can give you an appointment with a dietician. When I went to the dietician I was given ideas for eating thru side affects. They also gave me a wonderful cookbook-Living with Cancer Cookbook. The Cookbook lists recipes and foods that are good to eat while going thru any side affects.
      Hope this helps! Nance

      over 3 years ago
    • Cmurphy's Avatar

      My husband augmented with pre-made protein smoothies. His favorite is Mango Super Protein by Odwalla. I know it is probably better to make them ourselves but its so convenient just to have a bunch in the refrigerator. It has helped him maintain a healthy weight even when some chemos caused nausea or other gastric upsets.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here is a blog post from the American Cancer Society on weight loss during chemo if you would like to take a look at it:


      over 3 years ago
    • deena's Avatar

      I had a problem during chemo and developed an aversion to food completely. Most people don't have that problem. The only thing I was able to "eat" and keep from losing weight since I refused to eat anything was Ensure Plus. I actually lived on that for 4 months and nothing else other than water. I know that is extreme and not common but the Ensure Plus (four bottles a day) kept me from losing too much weight and the dietician at the cancer center told me it had everything in it my body needed. About the 5th month in, I was able to drink milk and added a high protein powder in it called Unjury (also a suggestion from the dietitian). I bought the unflavored Unjury on line and was able to keep my weight stable.

      Most people, however, are able to eat during chemo and I heard nuts, Greek yogurt, cheese, and beans are great sources of protein.

      over 3 years ago

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