DANIELLA CHACE

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SMOOTHIES – BREAST CANCER-FIGHTING RECIPES

Patients who drink my smoothies daily often report their mood and blood sugar levels are more stable and that they have more focus and motivation. They also report that their energy has increased enough that they are able to work and exercise throughout treatment.

One of the most effective steps you can take to support the prevention and healing of breast cancer, is drinking one of my specially designed breast cancer smoothies each day. They help reduce inflammation as they fortify you with nutrients needed for energy and focus.

The following are smoothie recipe samples from my book Breast Cancer Smoothies (HCI, 2016). To learn more about how to make smoothies that support breast tissue healing, order Breast Cancer Smoothies here. 

APPLE RASPBERRY TEA

This slightly sweet smoothie is well balanced, with apple and berry flavors and sophisticated tannic tea undertones.

1⁄2 apple

1⁄2 cup unfiltered apple juice

1⁄2 cup black raspberries

1⁄2 cup green tea ice cubes

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 140; Fat 5; Protein 4; Carbs 21; Fiber 5; Net Carbs 16

Quercetin, found abundantly in apples, promotes apoptosis of breast cancer cells and is protective against tumor growth.

Serves 1

Research Study

P. Bulzomi, A. Bolli, P. Galluzzo, et al. (2012). The naringenin-induced proapoptotic effect in breast cancer cell lines holds out against a high bisphenol-A background. Journal of Nutrition.

KALE APPLE SMASH

Frosty, creamy, and sweet, this bright green smoothie has a delicious, fresh garden greens flavor.

1⁄2 frozen banana

1⁄2 cup unfiltered apple juice

1⁄2 cup kale

1⁄2 cup green tea ice cubes

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1⁄4 teaspoon cardamom powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 140; Fat 5; Protein 4; Carbs 22; Fiber 2; Net Carbs 20

Serves 1

Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and diindolylmethane (DIM) are phytochemicals found in kale. They have demonstrated exceptional anticancer effects against hormone-sensitive breast cancer cells. Additionally, phytochemicals in cardamom have been found to increase the bioavailability of I3C and DIM when eaten with kale.

Research Study

A. Acharya, I. Das, S. Singh, et al. (2010). Chemopreventive properties of indole-3-carbinol, diindolylmethane and other constituents of cardamom against carcinogenesis. Recent Patents of Food, Nutrition and Agriculture.

BLUEBERRY AND BANANA

This smoothie has a potent blueberry and banana flavor and a gorgeous purple hue.

1 cup frozen wild blueberries 1 cup green tea ice cubes

1⁄2 banana

1⁄4 cup hulled hemp seed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 210; Fat 9; Protein 8; Carbs 25; Fiber 5; Net Carbs 20

Serves 1

Curcumin, found in turmeric, and the omega fatty acids found in hulled hemp seed, both provide anti-inflammatory action that protects against inflammation-induced fatigue in cancer patients and those in remission.

Research Study

C. M. Alfano, I. Imayama, M. L. Neuhouser, et al. (2012). Fatigue, inflammation, and ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acid intake among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

PROTEIN POWER

Lightly sweet and creamy, this blue smoothie is rich in protein and fresh blueberry flavor.

1 cup blueberries

1⁄2 cup green tea ice cubes

1⁄2 cup unfiltered apple juice

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed 

2 tablespoons protein powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 180; Fat 6; Protein 11; Carbs 23; Fiber 6; Net Carbs 17

Serves 1

During the healing process from cancer, there is an increased need for protein intake. This recipe has a double hit of protein from the hemp and the protein powder. Apples and citrus

fruits contain pectic oligosaccharides (POS) that inhibit breast cancer cell growth and trigger apoptosis in human breast cancer cells.

Research Study

L. Delphi, H. Sepehri, M. R. Khorramizadeh, et al. (2015). Pectic-oligosaccharides from apples induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in MDA-MB-231 cells, a model of human breast cancer. Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention.

WILD BLUEBERRY CHERRY

Intense cherry and wild blueberry flavor is balanced by the green tea cubes in this cool blend.

1 cup frozen wild blueberries 1⁄2 cup frozen cherries

1⁄2 cup coconut water

2 tablespoons chia seed

1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 130; Fat 6; Protein 4; Carbs 18; Fiber 8; Net Carbs 10

Serves 1

Inflammation is a major cause of fatigue in cancer survivors. Omega-3

fatty acids, found in chia seed, help reduce this inflammation and its resulting fatigue.

Research Study

C. M. Alfano, I. Imayama, M. L. Neuhouser, et al. (2012). Fatigue, inflammation, and ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acid intake among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

COCONUT STRAWBERRY FROSTY

This simple berry and vanilla combination is rich in satisfying protein.

 1 cup coconut water

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 tablespoons protein powder

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed 1 vanilla bean

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 130; Fat 6; Protein 11; Carbs 10; Fiber 5; Net Carbs 5

Serves 1

Strawberries contain ellagic acid, an anticancer agent that is being studied as a treatment for breast cancer.

Research Study

R. Munagala, F. Aqil, M. V. Vadhanam, et al. (2013). MicroRNA “signature” during estrogen-mediated mammary carcinogenesis and its reversal by ellagic acid intervention. Cancer Letters.

CHERRY MELON LIME

This creamy blend is complex and refreshing, with a fresh cantaloupe base and layers of cherry, green tea, and lime.

1 cup green tea ice cubes

1⁄2 cup cantaloupe

3 tablespoons black cherry juice concentrate

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed

1 teaspoon lime juice

1⁄2 teaspoon rosemary leaf powder

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 90; Fat 5; Protein 4; Carbs 9; Fiber 1; Net Carbs 8

Serves 1

Scientists have shown that EGCG suppresses the growth, migration, and invasion of human breast cancer by inhibiting blood flow to the cancer cells.

Research Study

E. C. Yiannakopoulou. (2013). Effect of green tea catechins on breast carcinogenesis: A systematic review of in-vitro and in-vivo experimental studies. European Journal of Cancer Prevention.