Eating a balanced diet is sensible advice for anyone, but it’s even more important if you have scleroderma. The body needs vital nutrients and vitamins in order to keep healthy, fight infections and perform at its best. When you are already ill, eating well can help ease the symptoms of your disease, help you recover better from treatments, as well as give you more energy and help maintain a healthy body weight. However, scleroderma treatments can make you feel nauseous and leave you with little appetite.
Here are six recipes from Scleroderma Aware, that were also featured on the MomMomontheGo blog. Bear in mind that different foods affect people differently, so if there’s an ingredient in any of the recipes that doesn’t agree with you, you can switch it for something else.
1. Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup
Chicken soup is traditionally a soothing dish that people eat to help them when they don’t feel well. Packed with nutrients, protein and vitamins, this soup is easy to prepare and doesn’t need to be blended.
Ingredients (serves 4):
½ Tbsp oil
2 cups of cooked chicken breast (shredded or diced)
2 quarts water
4 cubes of chicken bouillon
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups frozen peas
3 cups rice noodles (uncooked)
1 cup sliced celery
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp fresh herbs or 1 tsp dried herbs
salt and pepper to taste
Add the oil to a large pan and fry the celery over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the carrot, water, bouillon cubes, dried herbs (optional) and seasoning. Bring to the boil and add the egg noodles, then reduce the heat and simmer for eight minutes. Add the chicken and the frozen peas and cook for a further five to ten minutes. Add fresh herbs (optional) and serve.