Mesothelioma Diet:
Smoothie Recipes

Energy Smoothie

When a person is undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation as mesothelioma treatment, he or she can suffer from extreme fatigue. Another common side effect of cancer treatments is a lack of appetite and lack of desire to eat because of mouth sores. This delicious smoothie combats all of these side effects. It’s smooth and soothing on a sore mouth, loaded with energy-boosting ingredients, and simply delicious.


  • 1 ½ cups sliced bananas
  • 1 ½ cups frozen sliced strawberries, thawed partially for easier blending
  • 1 ½ cups soft silken tofu, drained
  • 1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt or frozen yogurt

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Flaxseed-Enriched Smoothies

Flaxseed has recently been found to lower cholesterol, aid in the stabilization of blood sugar, and even fight cancer. Flaxseed has a high concentration of lignans, which have been believed to slow tumor growth in patients with breast and colon cancers. For mesothelioma patients who often have a hard time getting essential vitamins and nutrients, flaxseed is an especially beneficial addition to the diet, being rich in B vitamins that aid with energy production, fiber, phytochemicals, which fight inflammation, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it’s difficult to get a patient to eat at all, finding ways to prepare “superfoods” such as flaxseeds becomes important to maintaining the body mass and energy levels that can benefit cancer treatment.

Smoothies are a great way to get additional nutrition into cancer patients who may suffer from mouth sores that can make eating painful. To make a delicious, filling, and nutritious smoothie with flaxseed, blend the following ingredients in a blender until smooth:

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen banana (if frozen, cut into chunks)
  • 1 cup frozen berries of fruit of choice
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup milk

Hawaiian Float

This delicious beverage is fortified by adding Carnation Instant Breakfast and is great way to enjoy one last taste of the summer.


  • 2 tablespoons orange-pineapple juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 1/4 package vanilla Instant Breakfast (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • ½ cup evaporated whole milk
  • 1/4 cup lime sherbet

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.

Filling Oatmeal Smoothie

A rich, creamy smoothie is a great way to get nutrition when a chemotherapy patient just doesn’t want to eat. You can experiment by adding different frozen fruits to customize this recipe.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • Frozen fruit: you can’t go wrong here. Just add what you like!
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour and serve with a straw to make drinking easier.

Protein-Rich Milk

In many cases, cancer patients have a hard time eating during chemotherapy treatment, so it is very common for these patients to become protein deficient. You can whip up some of this protein-fortified milk in a few minutes and add it to macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, or any other food that calls for milk. Just one cup of this milk packs up to 14 grams of protein.

  • 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
  • 1 cup nonfat instant dry milk

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl until blended.

Chocolate Banana Shake

This is a quick and easy shake that is filling yet healthy and easy to enjoy with a straw, allowing patients to bypass mouth sores that make eating difficult and painful. To thicken this drink, try adding some plain or vanilla yogurt. Another good addition is a bit of uncooked oatmeal, which lends texture and nutrition.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 medium banana, frozen. For ease of use, slice the banana before freezing it.
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Toss in a straw and enjoy!

Creamy Fruit Smoothie

During cancer treatment with chemotherapy, it is not uncommon for patients to develop painful mouth sores that can make eating well a challenge. This delicious smoothie is packed with vitamins and nutrients and can easily be enjoyed with a straw.


  • 1 cup milk (whole is best)
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup canned fruit in heavy syrup with juice
  • Almond or vanilla extract to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender and chill well before serving. Yields two 1.5-cup servings.

Protein-Enriched Milkshake

When you are undergoing cancer treatment, eating can be very difficult. Mouth sores, nausea, and a lack of interest in food can all make it tough to get the nutrients your body needs to stay strong. This milkshake is a quick, easy way to boost your caloric intake and give your body the protein it needs.


  • 1 cup milk (preferably protein-fortified milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite flavor (this can be fruit syrups, maple, chocolate sauce, or whatever you like. Fresh fruit is another delicious choice, as is peanut butter)
  • ½ cup ice cream (whatever flavor you like best)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract for added sweetness

Mix all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Coffee Smoothie with Bananas and Vanilla

When a patient finds it difficult or painful to eat because of chemotherapy or radiation side effects, it is often easier for them to tolerate liquids than solid food. This recipe is delicious and it’s a good way to pack some nutrition into a beverage that is smooth and easy to enjoy.


  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • 1 cup coffee-flavored ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with crushed banana chips, if desired.

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