Cancer and treatments can increase the need for protein in your day. Ask your healthcare team or a registered dietitian how many protein grams and calories you need daily. If you need more protein grams, add more meat, fish, eggs, milk products, cheese, and vegetable proteins to your meals.
If you struggle to get enough protein through food alone, a protein supplement may be useful. Protein supplements are found both in powder and liquid form. Protein powder can be mixed into a milkshake, milk, smoothies, juices, other beverages, foods, desserts, and side dishes. Also, liquid protein can be purchased in ready-to-drink liquid nutrition supplements or protein drinks.
Ask your healthcare team for a referral to a registered dietitian (RD) who can help you plan meals and snacks within your lifestyle and who can suggest which protein supplement is appropriate for you.
Below are three sample meal plans that each provides about 150 grams of protein a day.