Last week I had the honor of attending a Blogger Summit at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Arizona with some of the most incredible and inspiring kick-ass cancer bloggers EVER. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about many of the new resources I learned about here.
It is at this conference where I first learned that severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least one in five cancer deaths. Additionally patients who are well nourished throughout their treatments are better able to tolerate their chemo and radiation. This is why Cancer Treatment Centers of America places such a huge emphasis on nutritional counseling and includes a board-certified nutritionist as part of each patient’s medical team.
Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to add vital nutrients to any diet. Each smoothie recipe below contains vital nutrients that can help to ease side effects from cancer treatments:
Super Greens Smoothie
The Super Greens Smoothie is rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. To make, take a handful of kale, wheat grass, spinach, broccoli, and green apple. Blend it with coconut water or vegetable stock. It’s my personal favorite!
Electrolyte Replacer Smoothie
The Electrolyte Replacer Smoothie can help to quench your thirst and keep your electrolytes in balance. Simply blend coconut water, bananas, fresh orange juice with a dash of cinnamon.
Protein Power Smoothie
This particular smoothie can give your body that extra protein boost it sometimes needs. Just blend plain yogurt, frozen fruit (use your favorite fruit), milk protein powered, lemon zest and cinnamon.
Detox Delicious Smoothie
Detox Delicious is a natural and safe beverage that can help cleanse without stripping the body of benefits. Simply blend parsley, spinach, broccoli, lemon juice, raw garlic, green apple and tahini or sesame paste with vegetable stock.
Immune Support Smoothie
Immune Support helps to support up your immune system, which as we all know can get weakened from cancer treatments. Blend carrots, broccoli, pineapple, kale, blueberries with cherry juice. YUM!
To learn about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, read about my visit to their facility.