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 “super foods” such as flaxseeds becomes important to maintaining the body mass and energy levels that can benefit cancer treatment. Here are a few creative ways to get more flaxseed into a mesothelioma patient’s diet.

  • Sprinkle on oatmeal or another cereal
  • Add a small amount of flaxseed to mustard or mayonnaise
  • Blend into smoothies
  • Add to meat dishes like meatloaf or meatballs
  • Sprinkle on soup
  • Add to salad dressing
  • Mix into yogurt
  • Add to tomato sauces
  • Mix into casseroles

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

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