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Cancer patients are recommended to follow the same healthy diet as the general public. The emphasis should be on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and lean proteins. But side effects of treatment can make this difficult, and cooking a meal can seem daunting when cancer fatigue has left you wiped out. Staying well nourished is an important part of cancer treatment. Not eating enough will worsen fatigue, creating a vicious circle that can be hard to get out of.  That’s why we focus on simple, wholesome yet easy recipes such as our chard salad recipe below.

This tasty recipe can be prepared in just 20 minutes and will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, plus it makes good use of swiss chard which is just coming into season now. Chard is related to beetroot and is packed with the same antioxidant, anti-inflammatory phytochemicals which are our allies in the fight against cancer. Raw leafy green vegetables can be off-limits to cancer patients with neutropenia as they are difficult to wash, so having them cooked as in this salad is a great way to include leafy greens into their diet in a safe way.

If you are new to using chard it can be daunting, so we have created a video tutorial for you to see how simple it is.

If you have chard left over, it’s very easy to blanch and freeze it which will save you throwing it out. See our video below to learn how to bag and freeze it!

For a complete meal, we love serving chard with quinoa and/or chicken to boost the protein content and make it an easy and delicious meal. Click the image below to grab this tasty recipe!

Let's chat! Do you have a favorite healthy recipe that has brought joy to your life? Share it below in a comment so others can enjoy it as well! Or, better yet. submit it for consideration to our site, by emailing Migdalia Rivera at

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