Smoothies – the popular milkshake-like drinks made from blending fruits with dairy products such as milk, ice cream and yogurt and/or nut butters and protein powders – offer an ideal way to boost a mesothelioma diet.
Smoothies provide a pleasant way for a mesothelioma patient to consume more protein and nutrient-loaded calories, especially during chemotherapy.
Going out for a professionally-made smoothie at a place like Jamba Juice can be a treat but it’s also fun and easy to whip up your own smoothie concoctions at home.
With summer here, supermarkets, farmer’s markets, and roadside produce stands abound with luscious fresh berries, peaches, melons and other potential smoothie ingredients to keep a mesothelioma diet varied and appealing.
The American Cancer Society gives basic instructions and several recipes for basic smoothies. Here they are with one of their recipes:
- Place all ingredients in a blender container, or mix in a large container with a hand-held blender.
- Cover and blend on high speed until smooth.
- Chill drinks before serving.
- Store unused drinks in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered milk to each recipe to increase protein.
Note: If you cannot tolerate milk or milk products, or if you have diabetes, ask your nurse or dietitian for other recipe ideas.
Peach yogurt frost
1 envelope vanilla instant breakfast mix (Carnation Instant Breakfast is one option)
1 cup low-fat milk or fortified milk
1 (6-ounce) container low-fat peach yogurt
1 cup frozen peaches or 6 to 10 crushed ice cubes
(Makes 3 servings; 155 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving)
Try substituting other fruit combinations that appeal to you.
Here are some additional tips on getting started from the book Smoothies, Smoothies & More Smoothies
- The first thing you need is a good blender strong enough to handle ice cubes, frozen fruits and nuts.
- Make room in your freezer for frozen smoothie essentials like ice cubes, banana slices, berries and other fruits, and frozen yogurt so you’ll be able to satisfy a spontaneous smoothie craving.
- The secret to making a good smoothie is maintaining the right proportion between liquids, solids, and frozen ingredients to get the right texture and flavor.
- If you plan on freezing fresh ingredients, wash, chop and peel them first.
- Cut fruits and nuts into small chunks to make things easier on your blender.
- Use small-cubed ice cube trays so frozen items like ice cubes aren’t too big.