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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Best Chemo Smoothie Recipe Ever!

Most people know, if not by first hand experience then by common knowledge, that chemotherapy makes you feel like crap. You feel nauseated and exhausted. Even if you felt like eating, your taste buds feel like they've been burned or mowed over, and you have a sort of bitter and very unpleasant taste in your mouth almost constantly. Particular food smells and even the idea of particular foods can set your stomach reeling. I have been very, VERY lucky. My sister has taken it upon herself to do a ton of research and found for me The Best Chemo Smoothie Recipe Ever! Not to engage in the hyperbole so common in our time, but the recipe, found at the end of this article in (click here for article & recipe-->) Prevention Magazine as made a tremendous difference in how my body handles chemotherapy. Although I had the recipe for the smoothie before my first round of chemo, I figured I would only start drinking it if I needed it. Almost exactly 24 hours after my first chemo was administered, the effects of the chemo hit me like proverbial ton of bricks. I was suddenly exhausted, dizzy and nauseated. I drifted in and out of sleep and wakefulness for two days and remember very little of those two days from where I sit now. On day three, I ended up in the emergency room with a fever. Once I went back to work, I suffered from 'chemo-brain' and I would collapse at the end of the day. It took me a good two weeks to feel 'normal' again. Enter The Best Chemo Smoothie Recipe Ever! I started drinking it on day four or five post-chemo and it did help some at the time, but I kept drinking it - 20 ounces in the morning, 20 ounces in the afternoon, every day. My second round of chemo was much different. 24 hours after, I was still tired and did some drifting in and out of sleep, but during my times of wakefulness, I was lucid and I remembered what went on. All symptoms were much less prevalent. I went back to work and suffered no chemo-brain and no end-of-the-day collapse. It took me five days to feel normal. Round Two was more like a bout with a light flu. I am now nine days post-chemo and my energy level is amazing. I no longer collapse into bed and night and then have to drag myself out of it in the morning. I am able to exercise more. The Omega 3s in this smoothie are believed to enhance the effectiveness of my chemotherapy and the huge hit of vitamins helps my body stave off any infections. I truly feel like I've been liberated from the fog and am truly alive again. Although I did drink more water than I had the first round, the only difference between my behavior during Round One and Two was my blessed smoothie. It is somewhat costly and I think that people who live in remote areas might have trouble finding all of the ingredients, but I would advise anyone going through chemotherapy to do whatever they can to use this smoothie. Note: If you make enough of this smoothie that you are saving some for later, wait and add the flax and wheat germ to each individual serving. Otherwise, the grains soak of the liquid and the consistency is rather unsavory. It is truly health in a glass.


  1. can u please send me the recipe unable to pull up on the prevention website

  2. This sounds wonderfully refreshing. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took sometime to browse through your earlier entries. I really am glad I did that. I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  3. Cannot seem to find the recipe for this. I start chemo in about a week.Could you please send,

  4. Cannot seem to find the recipe for this. I start chemo in about a week.Could you please send,

  5. 8 oz green vegetable juice (or 4 Tbsp powdered greens with 8 oz water)
    8 oz carrot juice
    8 oz pomegranate juice or grape juice
    2 c unsweetened organic Greek-style yogurt
    1 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    1 c other fruit, frozen, such as strawberries, papaya, mango, pineapple
    2 kiwifruits
    3 oz tofu
    1/4 c ground flaxseed
    1/4 c wheat germ
    2 tsp cinnamon

    1. Do you add all that to a blender?

    2. The recipe at Prevention says add it to a high-powered blender. I have a Vitamix, so that's what I'll be using. THANK YOU, Ruth, for sharing your success with this! I start chemo next week, and I'll have the essentials on hand to make these smoothies for myself.

  6. Can I substitute frozen spinach and kale for the green juice?