Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chemo Cravings: Blueberry Protein Smoothie

After I have a chemo infusion, I can expect some stomach upset and usually some heartburn.  During these times, I need foods that are easy on my system yet still nutritious.  Oh, did I mention the mouth soreness?  My gums do get sore and I sometimes feel like I have lumps in my throat.  Nice, huh?  This soreness usually only lasts a couple of days and I use the "Magic Mouthwash" given by my doctor a few times a day.  Even, crunchy and bumpy foods do not always go down well.

A protein smoothie is a good alternative for breakfast or as a mid-day snack when chemo side effects make it hard to eat your normal meals.  I normally love "green" smoothies were the green comes from a good wad of fresh spinach but honestly, the thought of raw spinach makes my toes curl when on chemo.  My favorite smoothie has a scoop of protein powder, almond milk, nonfat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.  I use plain Greek yogurt because the fruit varieties have a TON of sugar in them.  I usually stick to fruits like blueberries or strawberries and stay away from more acidic ones like pineapple.

Now, let me tell you about this awesome new Ninja blender I just purchased.  I will be honest,  I do not have a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets.  You won't find a Kitchen Aid mixer or a Cuisinart food processor in my kitchen arsenal.  Would I like to have them?  Sure I would but I have found I can still cook and get great results without them.  I was so excited when I found this really affordable Ninja blender as a Today's Special Value on QVC.  It works beautifully and doubles as a powerful blender and food processor.  I can do everything from smoothies to pesto in this red beauty!  Click here---> Ninja Storm if you are interested in getting one.
Blueberry Protein Smoothie
(makes 1 serving)

1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes and blend until desired constancy.  If a thinner milkshake is desired, add more almond milk.


  1. Thanks for posting this Beth, my mom has been having stomach troubles lately, and she need some protein in her diet as well! Love Penny

  2. Hi Penny!

    I hope you try it and your mom enjoys it.

    ((hugs)) Beth