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During cancer treatment, certain drugs can make it difficult for patients to eat and drink cold foods, smoothies or milk shakes. Here are a few ideas to make a warm, savory smoothie-soup combination to ensure you are getting enough protein, calories and healthful nutrients during your treatment.

In your blender, place

  • ½ cup instant non-fat dried milk powder (12gm Protein)
  • 2 cups soy milk or cow’s milk or other lactose-free milk* (16gm protein)
  • 2-3 vegetables of your choosing such as
    • 1 cup cooked carrots
    • 1/4 cup cooked cauliflower
    • 1/4 cup cooked broccoli
    • 1/2 cup pureed white beans
    • 1/4 cup butternut squash
  • Seasonings such as onion powder, turmeric and cinnamon

One “Smoupie” has approximately 28 grams Protein and 360 calories before adding veggies.

* If you want to use chicken or vegetable broth instead of milk, add in 1 cup of dried milk powder. This version will have less calories


Source: Ally Gottfried RD, Community Cancer Center, Roseburg, OR

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  • Aghaeze Mabel says:

    Great receipts

  • Jonathan Wilson says:

    Thank you for this recipe. For those that do not use milk or animal products in their diets, what alternative do you recommend for the dried milk powder? I have found that blended cashew pieces is a good alternative in some recipes as a milk substitute, but I am interested in hearing thoughts on dry milk substitutes with this recipe. Thank you again for posting this.

    • Ellie Darrow says:

      Thank you for reaching out to LLS’s Nutrition Education Services Center. To best help you, we recommend speakinging to a registered dietitian. We offer free one-on-one phone consultations with a registered dietitian. To schedule a time to speak to the dietitian, use our online scheduler or call 877-467-1936.

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