Snacks and small bites

Snacks and small bites


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Carrying snacks with you can prevent hunger, which can help you to feel less nauseated. Snacks or small bites also provide some extra calories when you don’t feel like eating.

Your eating times and patterns may look different than they used to and that is okay. The goal is to keep something light in your stomach every 2–3 hours. Keep reading for meals and snacks that may be well tolerated with mild nausea. There is no one size fits all. Try what works best for you!


Here are some tips that can help lessen nausea:



1 CHOOSE A CARBOHYDRATE like toast, pita, cereal, rice crackers

2 PICK ONE PROTEIN like nut butter, plain hummus, Greek yogurt, cheese

3 COMBINE THEM to make a great snack to keep you satisfied

Energy Bites


½ cup peanut butter
½ cup pasteurized liquid honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup ground flax seeds
2 cups rice crisp cereal


1. To a mixing bowl, add peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds.
2. To the same mixing bowl, add ground flax and rice crisp cereal.
3. Mix well to combine.
4. Chill rice crisp mixture for 10 minutes in the freezer.
5. Roll into 16 balls.
6. Place in a container and cover. Refrigerate.




Rice crackers with slice of cheddar cheese
Fruit smoothie with milk or nondairy beverage like soy milk
Trail mix with roasted nuts, dried fruit, seeds and granola
Pretzels and peanut butter
Apple slices with almond butter
Bagel with cream cheese and cucumber slices
Toast with avocado and hemp hearts


There is some research to support that ginger can relieve nausea so adding it to your tea, soup, or water may be a good option for you.


Recipe links

Ginger Pumpkin Soup
Almond Ginger Cookies
Miso Soup


Megan Morrison RD, Princess Margaret
Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Stéphanie Pasaman RD, University of Montreal Health Centre (CHUM),
Montreal, Quebec
Erin Roman RD, InspireHealth Supportive
Cancer Care, Vancouver, British Columbia


The information in this publication is not intended as medical advice nor should it replace advice, expertise and information given by a member of your healthcare team.
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