Six sensational smoothie recipes to kick chemo into touch

Published: 17 Nov 2017

Last month, we shared some of our favorite vitamin-packed meal recipes to help your chemo recovery. However, eating isn’t always easy if you’re fighting cancer.
Many people find that the side effects of chemotherapy leave them feeling nauseous, or they struggle to swallow due to a dry mouth or sore throat. As a result, eating your normal foods can become a challenge, rather than something to look forward to.
If this sounds familiar, you may find it easier to get the essential nutrients you need in a more liquid form – which is why foods like smoothies are a great idea for cancer patients.
To give you some inspiration, here are some super tasty smoothie recipes, which use delicious ingredients that will also give your immune system a boost during chemotherapy treatment:

Smoothie recipe 1: ‘Packing a punch’ strawberry & watermelon

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Watermelon is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that fights free radicals - damaging molecules that can disrupt cells and promote the spread of diseases that affect cells, such as cancer.

This recipe also contains chia seeds, a good source of omega 3, which helps your body produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that fight swelling and pain.

Smoothie recipe 2: Nausea busting spinach and kale 

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Don’t let the thought of adding vegetables to your smoothie put you off! Often you cannot taste them, or the vegetable content enhances the overall flavor.

Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale contain vitamin B and iron, which are needed to keep your blood cells healthy, produce DNA and fight damage to the immune system.

In addition, consuming vitamin B12 has been shown to reduce certain after-effects of chemo, such as tiredness and nausea, so this is an excellent smoothie to drink if you’re feeling a bit queasy.

Smoothie recipe 3: Tummy smoother kiwi, ginger and banana 

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If you’re feeling nauseous, ginger is another great ingredient to include in your smoothie, as it has natural anti-sickness properties.

A lot of pregnant women consume ginger to combat morning sickness, and it works just as well if you have an upset stomach after chemotherapy.

Smoothie recipe 4: Power spice turmeric 

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Turmeric may seem like an unusual ingredient to include in a smoothie, but it has long been used in Asian medicine to fight symptoms such as sickness, pain and inflammation.

Early scientific studies have also shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to help stop new cancerous cells from growing (use alongside conventional medicine, not in place of!).

Smoothie recipe 5: Cell protecting carrot and apple 

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Carrot is a useful ingredient to add to smoothies because it contains carotenoids; the pigment that gives carrot its color, and which also acts as a powerful antioxidant.

While this type of antioxidant can be effective in preventing cancer, it can also promote healthy cell growth among people fighting cancer.

Smoothie recipe 6: Body boosting beet and berry 

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Beetroot is a powerful post-chemo smoothie ingredient because it is packed with anthocyanin, an antioxidant that has been shown to kill cancer cells.

Additionally, berries are an excellent source of several immune system-boosting vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, selenium, calcium and polyphenols.

There are thousands of other smoothie recipes available online, so if these don’t appeal to you, find your own delicious tasting alternatives. 

Giving your smoothie an extra boost

Although these smoothies are already packed with immune-boosting ingredients, you can add further nutritional value to them by mixing in some protein powder, or soluble vitamin and mineral supplements. 

This is an especially good idea if you’re finding it difficult to eat solid food or are suffering from sickness. Supplements can help you to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet and fight the side effects of chemotherapy. 

Talk to your doctor about which supplements are best to add to your smoothie recipe. In fact, it’s good to have a conversation with your healthcare team before you give them a go, just to check that all the natural ingredients you’re planning to use will not react with your medication. 

What are your favorite post-chemo smoothie recipes? Share your top combinations on our Facebook group for others to try out.