Shopping List of Nutrient-Dense Foods

The best anti-cancer diet is one that is plant-based, meaning 75% of the plate is covered with fruits, vegetables, or whole grains.  Here are some suggestions for healthy, nutrient-dense foods to eat throughout your cancer treatment and into survivorship. 


___ berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)

___melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)



___pink grapefruit


___red grapes







___dried fruits (prunes, raisins, berries)

___100% juice



___leafy greens (kale, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens)

___sweet potatoes

___squash (butternut, acorn)


___Brussels sprouts




___onions, leeks, shallots



___bell peppers


___olive/canola oil


___ fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines, halibut, striped bass)

___lean fish (tilapia, cod), orange roughy, snapper)

___egg whites


___soy products (milk, nuts, tofu)

___beans (black, soy, kidney, pinto, etc)

___nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazil)

___seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

___yogurt (non- or low-fat, Greek)


___nut butter (peanut, almond)


Whole Grains

___whole grain pasta, bread, tortillas


___ground flaxseed



___brown or wild rice

___popcorn (minimal butter)

___whole grain crackers (i.e. Triscuits, Kashi, Wheat Thins)

Spices and Herbs






___60% cocoa dark chocolate

___green tea (home-brewed)

___red wine (limit to 1-2 glasses/day)

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