Chermaine Kwant is  a registered dietician who lived with pulmonary hypertension before undergoing a lung transplant. Here, she shares what a day of food looks like for her – and how you can recreate her  meals for yourself…

One of my main pillars is fresh cooking and consuming as much unprocessed food as possible. Here’s what I ate in one day recently:


I often start the day with my super protein banana pancakes.

This is a delicious dish rich in proteins (which is good for your muscles and immune system), minerals (such as magnesium and potassium, important for various functions in your body like muscle contraction and heart health), and cinnamon (which stabilises your blood sugar, thus contributing to better energy levels throughout the day).

Here’s how you make them (serves two people):

Blend 2 ripe bananas with 3 eggs, a tsp of baking powder, 2 tbsp of unflavoured protein powder, 2 tbsp of cottage cheese, and ½ tsp of vanilla extract. Now add some flour until you get a nice thickness for baking.

Fry some pancakes in butter. I like to stack them up a bit to get thicker pancakes. Make sure not to fry them for too long so they remain moist inside.

Serve them with some butter and cinnamon powder.


On this particular day, I had some leftover pumpkin soup from the day before with two boiled eggs.


This was a regular quick meal for me of tuna patties with avocado smash.

This is truly an easy meal with plenty of good fats from the avocado, which are very beneficial for your heart, brain, and skin. Tuna also provides a good amount of proteins.

Here’s how you make them (serves two people):

Drain 2 cans of tuna (in olive oil) and mix it with 2 eggs, a finely chopped onion, some chopped tomato, freshly ground pepper, and 2 tbsp of flour.

Heat some butter in a pan and scoop heaps of the tuna mixture into it, then fry them on a medium heat until brown on both sides. Meanwhile, mash an avocado with a chopped clove of garlic and some salt and pepper. Serve this with the tuna.

Feel free to experiment and add some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or chives.

Find out more about Chermaine and her experiences of PH here.