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Healing and Delectable Smoothies

July 12, 2012

I have been thinking about guest posts for a while now. As if by magic,  my thoughts were read, and I was asked by Complimentary Medicine Advocate, Jillian Mckee if I would be interested in featuring one of her articles on my blog. I am delighted to be able to do just that. Jillian has a wealth of knowledge about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of cancer patients. She is also one of the authors of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.

Unless you have been living under a rock your entire life you will be aware by now that the food we eat has a profound effect on our overall physical and emotional health. Food not only nourishes us and gives us the energy we need to go about our daily lives it also has a profound healing effect and can help us when we are ill and feeling under the weather. Cancer patients need extra care when it comes to food and Jillian is just the person to educate us on how food, particularly smoothies are great for healing as the following article by Jillian explains…

Delectable Smoothies and Tasty Meals Provide Superb Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Eating healthy does not have to be boring.  Many people want to transform their diet from starchy, fatty foods to eating wholesome, natural foods that provide calcium, vitamins, and natural antioxidants.  Not only do these foods help people who are overweight to lose weight, and people who are underweight to put on needed pounds, these foods also help cancer patients to gain energy and to feel much better physically.

Improving the quality of life is important for people who are battling cancer.  When not-so-good daily diets are transformed into meals that are nutritious and delicious, this is a wonderful way for cancer patients to begin regaining physical strength.  There are many ways to make smoothies and these smoothies can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, or for snacks throughout the day.  Smoothies loaded with vegetables or fruits provide natural nutrients and vitamins that boost the body’s energy level and improve memory, brain function, and the immune system.

The survival rate of those with mesothelioma and other forms of cancer can be increased when cancer patients take assertive measures and begin consuming foods that help their bodies.  Cancer can affect the way a body responds to food and because of this, it is important to consume foods that are organic and offer a variety of nutrients such as calcium, protein, fiber, potassium, and natural vitamins.

Creating delectable smoothies is a fun process and requires very little prep time.  Because they are easy to make and are high in nutrition, smoothies are ideal for cancer patients who are low on energy.  Fresh strawberries, kale, diced apples, peeled and chopped oranges, a cup of frozen raspberry juice concentrate, and a cup of water is an excellent smoothie recipe that will be both tasty and healthy to consume.  Playing around with ingredients and finding the perfect smoothie recipe can be both an enjoyable and creative process.

Vegetable smoothies are also high in nutrition and can be blended for a quick afternoon snack or for a lunch on the go.  In addition to smoothies, cheese and vegetable trays make for perfect appetizers, and vegetable and cheese casseroles seasoned with garlic and lemon zest make for a delicious dinner anytime.  There are many ways a cancer patient, and friends and family members of a cancer patient, can play around with meal ingredients to come up with something unique, tasty, and healthy.

The Mayo Clinic has an informative website that offers multiple tips for people with cancer to make meals more interesting and more delicious.  Using these tips along with creative menu planning will provide a positive impact for a cancer patient.

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Of course smoothies are a great anytime of the day snack and in our house they are practically a daily occurance. I have to say that ever since we are dairy free and have replaced the yoghurt in our smoothies with unsweetend rice milk, our smoothies are even more delicious. Rice milk is so neutral and you really taste the fruit and not the yogurt that often needs sweetening. The great thing about a smoothie is that you can use any soft fruit and just blitz with some juice or we like to use rice milk. Berries are high in anti-oxidants and kids love them and they work well on their own or with mangoes, bananas or both. Get your kids off their juice habit and onto smoothies which not only contain all the sweetness of the fruit but the fibre too.

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. trish permalink
    July 19, 2012 4:30 PM

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