October 2000
Cancer Prevention? Shake It Up!

Most of us know that eating healthy foods may help to ward off cancer. But we may feel like eating healthy foods is all veggies and no fun. Here's a recipe from Bridgeport Hospital clinical dietitian Sheree Smith that contains soy (see "Vegetarian Diets")—thought by many researchers to have cancer-fighting properties. This shake tastes so good, you might not believe it's also good for you!

Soy Fruit Smoothie
  • 1 cup pineapple/orange juice
  • 1/3 block silken tofu (a soy product available in most supermarket dairy cases)
  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 strawberries (and/or any other fruits you desire)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Place all ingredients in blender and mix for three minutes. Refrigerate before serving. Makes two 8-oz shakes with 14 grams protein, 330 calories each.

At The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute, we go out of our way to give our patients the special care they need to battle cancer. Nutrition is very important for those undergoing chemotherapy. But eating may be the last thing a cancer patient wants to do. Appetites disappear; with chemotherapy, nothing tastes the way it used to—sometimes eating just isn't pleasurable.

To tempt the appetites of her patients in the Center, Sheree often makes up special milkshakes ("oncology supplements" in disguise), full of flavor—and nutrition! Here is her recipe for another healthy, appetizing drink. You can enjoy this one at home, too!

Raspberry Sherbet Cooler
  • 1 cup raspberry sherbet
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 oz ginger ale

Makes two 8-oz shakes, 272 calories and 11 grams protein each.

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