Many mesothelioma patients are afraid that dieticians will put them on a strict diet, but usually, this is not the case. At Mesothelioma Guide, we have gathered a few dietitian approved recipes for smoothies that we feel can help mesothelioma warriors along their medical journey.

  • 1

    Snack Smoothie

During treatment, many patients experience a loss of appetite. If this occurs, patients are encouraged to eat several snacks throughout the day, rather than eating 3 large meals.Patients may experience a sore mouth or throat during certain treatments, such as chemotherapy. They may also find themselves having difficulty swallowing.

This Chocolate Banana Smoothie recipe, from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, would be a great nutritious snack option. This smoothie could also help soothe a patient’s sore throat.

Things you will need:

  • 1 frozen banana broken into pieces
  • 6 ounces of fortified cocoa or carob-flavored soy milk
  • Large pinch of cinnamon

In a blender layer the banana pieces, soy milk, and cinnamon. Next, blend the ingredients until smooth. Serve and drink immediately.

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    High Protein Smoothie

On Mesothelioma Guide’s recent visit to Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, we learned that mesothelioma specialist, Dr. David Sugarbaker, values meal plans that are high in protein for his patients.Cheryl Bixby, a dietician that works on Dr. Sugarbaker’s team, explained that having a diet high in protein helps prepare mesothelioma patients for surgical procedures. Protein helps build and repair tissues inside your body.

“If you’re not eating well before surgery and not getting all the protein you need to heal and repair, it’s not likely you’re going to be able to do that after surgery either,” Bixby said.

This Tangy Protein Smoothie recipe comes from the American Cancer Society. It is packed full of protein that can help strengthen a patient’s body before, during, and after treatment.

Things you will need:

  • ⅓ cup of cottage cheese or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup of vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup of a fruit-flavored gelatin snack pack
  • ¼ cup of low-fat milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered milk (optional)

In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Make sure that you chill this smoothie mixture before you serve it.

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    Antioxidant Smoothie

Researchers believe that vitamin antioxidants may help prevent cancer. Since cancer survivors may be at a risk for developing new cancers, they are encouraged to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants.

One way that you can supply your body with antioxidants is by drinking this green smoothie. This recipe comes from the Mayo Clinic and is high in antioxidant vitamins A and C.

Vitamin A plays an important role in supporting cell growth and differentiation. Vitamin C helps protect our bodies against immune system deficiencies.

Things you will need:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of berries (blackberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • 2 cups of fresh raw baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint
  • 1 cup or cold water or ice

In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend on high until smooth. This recipe will provide you with 4 servings.

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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She develops content to help educate and provide awareness about the most significant information about improving a mesothelioma patient’s prognosis.