How To Add Protein Into Your Meal

(Part 2)

8th November 2017, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment, need more protein than healthy people. After surgery, during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, extra protein is needed to heal tissues and to reduce the risk of infection.

Adding eggs into your meal is a good and easy way to enhance protein intake:

Chicken Noodle Soup with Added Hard-Boiled Eggs

(serves 4)


  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leek (white part only)

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot

  • 1/2 cup chopped turnip

  • 1 cup canned chicken broth

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and coarsely diced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 450 gram boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced

  • 4 eggs (hard-boiled)


  1. Combine celery, leek, carrot, turnip, chicken broth in a saucepan.

  2. Cover; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Reduce heat to a simmer, add in potatoes and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork.

  4. Stir in 5 cups of water, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and pepper; bring to boil.

  5. Stir in chicken, reduce heat to medium; simmer until heated through.

  6. Serve with noodles and hard-boiled egg. Salt to taste.