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Is it OK to use these nutriblast recipes while going through Chemotherapy for breast cancer?

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2 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

Below I have outlined some general information about nutrition and cancer, however I strongly encourage you to discuss these with your oncologist since he/she knows your whole health history and will know if they fit within the overall medical plan. Here are five areas I'd focus on:

1) Antioxidants -
Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.) are your new best friend. Not only are they filled with antioxidants, they are full of fiber, and have a low glycemic index (see #3 below). Antioxidants help block free radicals that can potentially cause excess damage to our cells. The more protection we have, the better. Look for deep-colored fruits and veggies - those have the most antioxidant power. Dark purples and reds along with bright orange, green, and yellow. Load up on all colors. Good Blast choices include: red and yellow bell peppers, dark leafy greens, berries, broccoli, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, turmeric, sunflower seeds, avocado, almonds, sweet potato, and carrots.
**Note some Dr. discourage antioxidant supplements when undergoing chemo or radiation. Whole foods are usually fine, however check w/ yours.

2) Cancer-fighting, whole, plant-based foods -
Nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables have been shown to help with cancer prevention and recurrence. Luckily the NutriBullet makes it easy to fit a wide variety of produce and superfoods into one easy to drink meal or snack. Some foods that have shown to provide "cancer-fighting" nutrients include: cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage.

3) Insulin and blood sugar control -
To help maintain normal blood sugar, try to avoid added dietary sugars and too many refined carbohydrates and high sugar fruits. Fiber-rich veggies and whole grains help slow the release of sugar into the blood. In addition, adding in some healthy plant-based protein sources (hemp seeds, nuts, nut butters, beans, legumes, protein powders) and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut butter or oil) into a smoothie or soup recipe can help blunt insulin spikes. In addition, small, frequent meals or snacks may help balance insulin levels and control appetite.

4) Lack of appetite -
You may experience a lack of appetite at times. Eating small, frequent meals may help stimulate the appetite as well as keep blood sugar under control. Be sure to include some protein and healthy fats in the Blast or soup recipe to boost calories and nutrition. See recipe below for a higher calorie and protein option.

5) Comfort -
A nice, warm soup may be just the comfort you need if not feeling well. My favorite SouperBlast recipe to make in the Rx is our Tomato Basil Soup. This recipes is in the book, but I'll include below as well. I also love the Roasted Butternut Squash recipe which would give her a nice boost of antioxidants vitamin A and C. This recipe is on pg. 59 of the recipe book.


Recipes

Comforting Tomato Basil Soup
4 vine-ripe tomatoes
1/4 clove garlic
1/4- 1/2 cup un-roasted cashews (may be soaked overnight in water for a creamier texture)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 cups plain, unsweetened almond milk

Combine all ingredients in the Rx Soup Pitcher and extract on the 7-minute heated cycle.

NutriBlast Recipe #1 (higher calorie and protein)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast
1 cup baby or dinosaur kale
½ cup frozen pitted cherries
2 Tbsp almond butter
¼ cup cooked quinoa (or may sub ¼ cup uncooked rolled oats)
1 serving plant-based protein powder (or may sub 1 Tbsp hemp seeds)
½ cup organic, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (may omit or sub coconut milk yogurt if dairy is not well tolerated)
Dash of cinnamon
1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

NutriBlast Recipe #2 (antioxidant boost and fatigue fighting)
1 ½ cups baby spinach
¾ cups blueberries
½ banana
2 Tbsp walnuts
1 Tbsp cacao powder
Optional: 1 tsp maca powder (may substitute ½ tsp spirulina)
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

NutriBlast Recipe #3 (Antioxidant carotenoid and selenium-rich)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast
1 cup spinach
½ cup cooked sweet potato (may also use cooked pureed pumpkin)
1 carrot
2 Brazil nuts (or 1 Tbsp shelled sunflower seeds)
Optional: a touch of raw honey if needs a touch of sweetness
Dash of cinnamon
1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

NutriBlast Recipe #4 (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant)
1 cup Swiss chard
3 broccoli florets
½” fresh turmeric root (sub ginger for symptoms of nausea)
1 cup pineapple chunks
¼ avocado
1 Tbsp chia seeds
4 round cucumber slices
1 ½ cups coconut water (may sub brewed and chilled green tea for a lower sugar, higher antioxidant Blast)

NutriBlast Recipe #5 (immune system boost)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast and may be higher in sugar than desired, monitor blood sugar is this is an issue
1 cup baby or dinosaur kale
½ cup strawberries
½ cup mango
½ banana
¼ avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (or one serving protein powder)
Optional: ¼ - ½ tsp reishi mushroom powder
Optional: ¼” fresh ginger
1 ½ cups coconut water

For some additional recipes for meals and info, check out this Oncology Nutrition website here: http://www.oncologynutrition.org/

Also, this woman, Kris Carr, is a 3-time cancer survivor who I find very empowering and provides information in a fun way. http://kriscarr.com/

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