The Perks of Popsicles
We all remember popsicles as kids, the cool refreshing taste on a hot summer day. But do you know the nutrition and hydration perks of popsicles as adults?
Soothes mouth sores and/or dry mouth Popsicles in all kinds, flavors, and brands can help elevate the pain and discomfort associated with mouth sores and dry mouth for cancer patients. Find your favorite flavor and enjoy the benefits.
Cold popsicles during treatment may reduce severity of chemotherapy-associated mouth sores. Ask your medical care team about popsicles during your treatment. Sucking on a popsicle during treatment can help with mouth sores associated with chemotherapy treatments.
Liquid found in popsicles counts towards daily fluid goals. Speak with your oncology care team about your daily requirements for fluids. Water content rich foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, popsicles, and sugar-free flavored waters can help get you the hydration you need to feel your best.
Easy to prepare in advance and store for long periods of time. Consider making your own version of your favorite flavor. Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds or paper cups with popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, at least 2 hours. For a list of recipes, visit www.aicr.org.
Remedy for cooling down when experiencing hot flashes or fevers. Hot flashes can come on quickly and cause some serious irritability. Choosing a popsicle can help cool a person down while experiencing a flavorful taste. The same option applies for fevers. Pick a flavor and feel better soon.
Great option for essential nutrients and energy when experiencing poor appetite, nausea, or mouth pain. Certain popsicles can be loaded in antioxidants, fresh fruits, and natural ingredients. Consider store brand options such as Outshine, Goodpop, and Halo Top. If you’re up for making your own, visit www.aicr.org for recipes.