Skip to Navigation Skip to Search Skip to Content
Search All Centers

The Cancer Dietitian's "Best Smoothie Ever"

Read Transcript
View next

Published on January 10, 2020

Cancer dietitian Julie Lanford’s recipe of what she has deemed as the best smoothie ever! Start your day with an easy-to-make, protein-packed breakfast. Watch as Julie walks viewers through the nutrient-rich blend of ingredients used to create a healthy smoothie for cancer patients that tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. 

Click here to find more of Julie’s recipes.

Ingredients

1 cup milk or nutrition supplement
2 tablespoons peanut butter
cocoa powder
1 medium frozen banana
1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 to 1 cup frozen spinach

Featuring

Transcript | The Cancer Dietitian's "Best Smoothie Ever"

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Julie Lanford:

So here we have our ingredients.  We have 1 cup of milk, so go ahead and put that in there.  I'm going to tell you a little bit about the favorite milk that I recommend.  So when you are using milk in your smoothie you want it to be a source of protein, so I would choose a milk that does give you at least 8 grams of protein per cup.  Today I'm actually using this particular brand, and they don't even pay me to say it, but it is Fairlife milk.  It actually has 15 grams of protein per cup.  It is based on cow's milk but does have extra protein and it's also lactose‑free, so I use that a lot with fruits when I don't know what kinds of food sensitivities people will have.  So we put the milk in. 

We put 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.  And my favorite type of peanut butter, I don't have a brand that's my favorite, I just recommend that you look at the ingredient list, and the ingredients should be peanuts, salt, period, end of story.  Peanut butter should be peanuts and maybe a little salt for flavoring.  So we're putting 2 tablespoons in there, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is about 7 grams of protein. 

Now, make it chocolatey.  We are using the cocoa powder, and I use a variety of different cocoa powders, but I will say this is my favorite for making things taste really chocolatey.  This is Hershey's Special Dark.  They don't pay me either. 

And then the other two ingredients that you need, first of all a frozen banana.  So one medium-size frozen banana.  I always wait until my bananas go a little bit brown, wait a little bit longer, and then I tear them into pieces and keep them in a freezer‑safe container. 

The other thing I have here is the spinach, already pre‑measured and frozen with the banana.  So you can either use fresh spinach in this recipe, 1 cup of fresh spinach, or you can use anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen spinach.  So in here I have a cup of frozen spinach, and then I have my one frozen banana.  It makes it really convenient if you have them already ready, frozen together so you can just pull them out and pour them in your blender. 

So my blender today is a NutriBullet.  It's what I use all the time.  When I'm doing these demonstrations for classes, it's really easy to travel with.  It works great.  I had one break after a long time, and so I just bought the same one again I think on Amazon or Costco or something.  They're not super pricey.  So put it in there. 

My tip, I have had a chef tell me that if you're making smoothies, you want to put the liquid ingredients towards the blade and then the more solid ones above that.  There's your smoothie tip.  And I'm going to blend it.  And there we have it. 

Kind of the thing that I recommend if you have somebody who is not interested in having a green smoothie with the spinach in it, they're not sure they're going to like it, you can always make it without the spinach.  They can taste it.  Then make it with the spinach, have them taste it again.  A lot of people find out that they like it better with the spinach. 

And then if you are also somebody going through treatment and needing extra protein or extra calories, you can actually make this recipe using a nutrition supplement drink like Boost or Ensure or whatever store brand in place of the milk, and that adds even more calories and protein.  So those are a few different options. 

And then a lot of people ask is this one serving or two.  You know, it's something that I typically share with my husband.  It would be a whole meal, I would say.  So for sure if it's just a snack I would have a portion of it.  But if you are having it for a meal it could be a meal replacement if you really don't feel like eating food and you'd rather drink something, this would be a good alternative.  It's all completely based on real food, and it's absolutely delicious.  It's a good one, I promise.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for joining us today. 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

View next