Cancer and treatments can increase your need for protein in your meals. If you are a vegetarian, you may find it helpful to plan your menus in advance to make sure you include enough healthy protein. Milk, cheese, nuts, beans, and tofu are good sources of protein. You can also try tempeh, veggie burgers, and other meat substitutes. Vegetables also have 3 grams of protein per serving.
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 who can suggest which protein supplement is appropriate for you. A registered dietitian can also help you plan meals and snacks within your lifestyle.
PearlPoint’s registered dietitians have developed these three sample menus that each provides about 150 grams of protein a day.