Healthy Smoothie Recipes


Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms May Improve With These Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Can smoothies help you when you have ovarian cancer? You bet! The primary reason why is because nutritious foods have healing actions.

If you’ve had cancer treatment for ovarian cancer that involved chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery, you probably have been experiencing several symptoms including fatigue, headaches, low red blood cell count, low white blood cell count, pain in your body, and lack of appetite. Why not start beating these symptoms with smoothies that purposefully have ingredients that could help?

If you’re ready to make a decision on this, read on because this info could change your life.

For example, if you have fatigue, by increasing your consumption of green veggies, protein (protein powder or dairy products), and fat (coconut or avocado), you can beat the fatigue.

By increasing your protein level, you can beat headaches caused by a low protein diet. Increasing protein levels also can increase a low blood cell count if the protein has hemoglobin in it; however, this is unlikely for smoothies. Nevertheless, foods that increase vitamin C levels may raise low levels of white blood cells (citrus fruits, pineapple).

Adding spinach or chlorophyll into your smoothies can increase the red blood cell count if it’s accompanied by higher levels of protein in the diet.

Pain in your body can be helped with pineapple in your smoothie. And lack of appetite can be helped by added zinc in the diet, provided in smoothies by pumpkin seeds.

If you had all those symptoms, you could whip up a healthy smoothie recipe such as this one:

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On a Tropical Beach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • 2 rings pineapple
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon chlorophyll
  • 2 ounces pumpkin seeds, salted
  • 1 tangerine, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream concentrate*
  • ¼ bunch parsley

Directions: Blend all ingredients. Then add a cherry and lemon wedge as garnish and sip contently.

* Coconut cream concentrate is coconut meat with some coconut oil left in. It’s the consistency of peanut butter and is spreadable. Coconut cream concentrate may be added to beverages and baked goods or spread on crackers and bread. It may also be added to waffle and pancake recipes.

You could also start your smoothie with berries and not include milk or dairy products. If you did this, your recipe might look like this:

Berry Supreme Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon chlorophyll
  • 2 ounces pumpkin seeds, salted
  • 1 tablespoon hempseed powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream concentrate
  • ¼ bunch parsley

Directions: Blend all ingredients. Then add a strawberry and lemon wedge for garnish.

The hempseed powder in this recipe acts as a protein booster. When you eliminate dairy products from recipes, you have eliminated a high-quality protein source. In the last decade, new information surfaced in the field of nutrition that there were a few plant proteins that provided all the essential amin oacids and could be considered a complete protein. Hempseed is one of them.

When you know you can affect your symptoms by what you eat, the new knowledge becomes hope in the battle of your recovery. Grab that hope and start using these healthy smoothie recipes.

Donna SchwontkowskiDonna Schwontkowski

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor with two degrees in nutrition and a Master's in herbology. She is convinced that every illness can be improved significantly through diet and nutritional protocols.

Sep 23, 2014
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