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Guest Post: Cancer Patients Can Get Creative with Grilled Recipes for a More Nutritious Diet

I am thrilled to share with you all today my first guest post.

Jillian McKee is a contributing writer and Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  She has a passion to educate families and individuals with devestating diagnosis’ like Mesothelioma.

I’m  passionate about healthy eating and entertaining! With that being said, I’m ecstatic to share with you all today what Jillian has beautifully written for you!

Jillian the stage is yours!

Grilling foods provides a smoky, mesquite flavor to meats, vegetables, and even recipes for rustic casseroles, baked beans, and whole wheat breads.  Topping a grilled chunk of whole wheat French bread with melted provolone or swiss cheese provides a wonderful snack loaded with calcium that will be both delicious and nutritious for people who are fighting cancer.

Many physicians recommend that cancer patients stick to a nutritious diet in order to maintain strength and energy. However, it is important to get creative and have fun creating recipes for grilled foods that will be appetizing and nutritious.

Mesothelioma and other forms of cancer impact a person’s energy levels.  In addition to this, emotional trauma, physical trauma, and financial stress often result from cancer.  Each of these things combined make it all the more important for a healthy and balanced diet to be a consistent part of a person’s life.

Coming up with fun and tasty grilling recipes for vegetables, breads, and main entrees will provide a positive, creative outlet.  Having a fun and creative outlet is important to boost self-confidence and provide a healthy stress-reliever.

Grilling delicious foods that are high in protein, nutrients, and calcium will provide multiple benefits for people who are fighting cancer.  Friends and family members can get involved and plan outside dinner parties or family dinners. This is a great way to give support and encouragement to a person who has cancer.  The social gatherings and conversations over a good meal will also be important and beneficial.

Grilling dinner parties are an excellent way to combine a social gathering to lift the moods and provide a fun evening for a person who has cancer.  Grilling vegetable kabobs loaded with butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and zucchini is a good way to cook vegetables in a way that is appealing and delicious.

Vegetarian po’ boys can be prepared by putting fresh corn, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and peppers into aluminum foil pouch.  Once the food is snugly wrapped in an aluminum foil pouch, simply place the pouches on the grill and let it cook until the vegetables are tender.  Meals such as this can be followed up with grilled apples and fresh strawberries topped with whipped cream.  Blended berry smoothies also provide for a cool and delicious dessert that is high in nutrients and antioxidants.

There are multiple ways to grill healthy and delicious foods that can provide many health benefits to people who are fighting cancer.  Having grilling parties also gives people with cancer a way to enjoy their friends and family without getting too tired and overwhelmed when they are tired and ill from the disease.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that cancer affects 1,638,910 people. I’m sure that many of you, my readers, have a friend or loved one suffering from a form of cancer. We have an amazing opportunity to make delicious healthy food for them and have a little get together to enhance their tough moment in life.

I can attest that having a family member suffer and surcome to cancer is difficult. But friends get out there, enjoy these days of warm weather and grill up some great food and laughter with your friends or family members!

If you’d like more information on Mesothieloma or more information about Jillian please check out her writings here.

Thank You Jillian for a great post!


American Cancer Society 

American Institue for Cancer Research

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  1. Question from Facebook:

    Jillian, do you prefer charcoal to gas for grilling? Does one release more carcinogens then the other?