Smoothie Recipes During and Post Cancer Treatment

ingredients
all
1 whole apple
1 whole frozen banana
pre peeled before freezing
other seasonal fruits
such as berries, peaches, pears, etc.
2 cups whole milk
1 cup yogurt
for a sweet and sour flavor
2 scoops ice cream
1 tbsp almond butter
add for peanut butter flavor and extra protein
1 tbsp protein powder
for added protein
1 whole apple
1 whole banana
frozen or fresh
other seasonal fruits
such as berries, peaches, pears, etc.
1/3 bottle fruit smoothie blend
such as Odwalla brand Superfood, Monster B, or other (avoid using fruit juice alone with no fiber such as orange juice)
1/3 part almond milk
preferably unsweetened
1 tbsp almond butter
if more protein is required
1 tbsp flax seed
grounded, my old coffee grinder works very well to pulverize the flax seeds
1 tsp spirulina
other dry or wet ingredients
as recommended by naturopath, nutritionist or doctor
This recipe includes two different versions of smoothies. The steps are essentially the same, but the ingredients will vary depending on whether you're undergoing treatment or have completed it. The notes below include details on how I came up with each combination.
smoothie recipe during treatment
1
Cut apple into quarters, cut out seeds and stem, add to blender.
2
Add banana, break in half and add to blender.
3
Add other seasonal fruit. During treatment, be super sure that the skins are washed very well. There are now "veggie / fruit wash soaps" widely available. If counts are very low, fruit may need to be peeled to reduce risk to any immune system vulnerabilities.
4
Add the amount of liquid that you feel you can drink while making the smoothie the consistency you want.
5
Add protein and dry ingredients (if any).
6
Blend until all fruit is blended and smooth texture is created. Serve and enjoy.
smoothie recipe post treatment
7
Cut apple into quarters, cut out seeds and stem, add to blender.
8
Add banana, break in half and add to blender.
9
Add other seasonal fruit.
10
Add the amount of liquid that you feel you can drink while making the smoothie the consistency you want.
11
Add protein and other dry or wet ingredients.
12
Blend until all fruit is blended and smooth texture is created. Serve and enjoy.
notes
I, with the help of my parents, started making smoothies during my treatment and the routine has stuck with me ever since. During treatment, my parents made my smoothies with a variety of washed fruits or sometimes just bananas, depending on my white cell counts and what the taste buds were up to that day. We found that frozen bananas worked better than ice to cool the smoothie while adding texture and much needed fiber. To keep my weight up, we added ice cream, almond butter, and used whole milk instead of almond milk and/or fruit smoothie blends. For me, our smoothies were easy on the stomach, calorie rich and a tasty way to start the day. I found this consistent daily activity helped both my body and mindset as sometimes my stomach and mood didn't want to face what lay ahead. Adding a smoothie to my other morning routines provided the base nourishment to kick off each and every day forward, even if that day just meant another washcloth shower with struggle to slip on sweats and button up my shirt just to slowly walk to the couch.

Once in remission and subsequently “released” from Western medicine (and my parents), I found the need for a routine and a healthy way to start the day just as necessary as it was during my treatments. I worked with a naturopath to control my roller coaster blood counts and provide balance to my weakened and confused system. My daily smoothie became the vehicle to provide whatever pills or supplements I was prescribed plus a great way to kick off my metabolism and ensure a consistent healthy start to each day. While the need for supplements, flax seed, spirulina, etc., have waned, to this day (12 years now), I start each day with a smoothie. It is my “apple a day”.

It should be noted to ensure your doctor is on board with the use of spirulina, flax seed, “fruit smoothie blend type” liquids and whole fruits. Using fruit juice alone, without whole fruits and/or juices with fiber, can lead to a potential unhealthy rush of sugar to the body. Whole fruits are key. Enjoy!