Chemo Go-To Foods

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Wherever you are in your cancer journey, you want to be making healthy choices. During chemo, this can be tough.

This week our contributing author, Kendall Scott, CHHC, looks at one idea for creating a healthy alternative to a traditional (high sugar and dairy) milkshake, a Berry Almond Smoothie.

Kendall is a board certified health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is the co-author of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer, which was named #3 of The Top 25 Cookbooks of 2012 by The Daily Meal.

Smoothies were my go-to food during chemotherapy when I was too tired to make a meal or felt too nauseous to get anything solid down. Before I began making healthier choices with food, my typical smoothie was actually a milkshake – a few scoops of ice cream and some milk in a blender.

Once I learned that I could make smoothies that were creamy, yummy and nutritious, I never went back to the milkshakes. I wanted to give my body what it really needed, especially while enduring grueling cancer treatment and trying to kick cancer, but I also wanted something that tasted good to me.

I’m happy to share one of our favorite, delicious and easy smoothie recipes from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen – the Berry Almond Smoothie! It’s sugar and dairy free, energizing, filling and super tasty!

Naturally sweet bananas offer potassium to help replenish lost electrolytes, and berries give a boost of antioxidants, those awesome little cancer fighters. You get your protein and some fabulous nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, and iron from the creamy almond butter. Anemia is common for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and iron can help to treat this. Almonds are also helpful in relieving constipation, a common side effect of cancer treatment.

The next time you might be craving something sweet and creamy, like ice cream, try this smoothie instead.

Yield: makes 24 ounces

12 ounces almond milk
1 banana
1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
3 tablespoons raw almond butter

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix at medium speed for about one minute or until mostly smooth. If a thinner smoothie is desired, add more water or almond milk and blend for a few more seconds.

Recipe reprinted with permission from KICKING CANCER IN THE KITCHEN © 2012 by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Photo Credit: Steve Legato, stevelegato.com

 

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