5 Healthy Sources Of Protein For Cancer Patients

Blog Post By: Jillian McKee

Bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment.

Protein is a necessary building block of life, but there is significant research that shows a high-protein diet can actually increase the occurrence of cancer. If you are going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, then you may want to opt for healthier sources of plant protein that will fuel your body and help you stay energized. Nutrition is extremely important when fighting an illness like cancer, and these five foods will help you along.


These beans are an excellent source of fiber, protein and they are low in fat. Chickpeas can be used in salads, sandwiches and even cooked bean patties. They are famously used in hummus and falafel. They contain calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Chickpeas are a great anti-cancer food since they contain so many valuable nutrients.


This pseudo-grain is a high-quality source of plant protein that contains a full amino-acid profile. Quinoa is related to spinach, but it looks and tastes very different. It is packed with antioxidants. Quinoa provides ample protection against free radicals, and may even help fight breast cancer. This high-fiber food should be a staple in your diet. It is also relatively cheap and easy to cook. Including healthy foods like quinoa in the diet can increase the survival rates of mesothelioma and other forms of cancer.

Pea Protein Powder

Sometimes it is easier to simply make a shake and go about your day. Pea-protein powder is gaining recognition as a powerful source of protein for people. Pea protein is easily absorbed and contains numerous vitamins and minerals. You can blend it with berries for a super-powered cancer-fighting smoothie.


This green vegetable is packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It also contains folate and iron. It is also 5.1 percent protein. Broccoli is best when steamed. It retains a majority of its nutrients through this method. Broccoli has been studied extensively in cancer research, and it has been shown that it can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. These two factors are important to consider for cancer patients. These are just a few of the health benefits of broccoli.

Hemp Seeds

  These little seeds are gaining rapid media and health-food attention around the world. Hemp seeds contain a full amino-acid profile. This makes them an excellent source of complete protein. They contain a substantial amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and they are also high in fiber.

The above foods are healthy and natural sources of vitamins, minerals and protein. Consuming them not only gives you a dose of protein, but numerous other important nutrients at the same time. They will energize you while fighting cancer, and give you the nutrition you need to go through treatment successfully.

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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