Diana's "Super Soy and Phytochemical Shake"©
Super Soy Shake
Mix together in a blender for 1-2 minutes, then drink and enjoy!
Approximate nutritional content for entire
(using 1 Tbsp. each of flax seeds, wheat germ, wheat bran)
|Calories||450 kcal||Protein||25 gm||Fat||10 gm|
|Fiber||14 gm||Carb||65 mg|
I developed this shake recipe to provide beneficial phytochemicals (non-nutrient plant molecules) that are now thought to have multiple cancer-fighting activities. This shake is easy to prepare, consume, and digest. There are more than 1000 phytochemicals in our foods from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soy foods, and other legumes. I drink one entire shake for breakfast daily. I consider it the centerpiece of my diet plan. It could also be consumed between meals. Drink to your health and enjoy!
The contents of a full recipe contain 3 servings from the fruit and vegetable groups, approximately 1-1/2 servings of soy, 40 - 60% of your daily calcium requirement, 33 - 40% of your daily fiber requirement, and a healthy dose of phytochemicals too numerous to count!
This recipe is completely lactose free which is beneficial for those people who are lactose intolerant either prior to or temporarily during cancer therapy. Additional shake recipes, which are included in my book, are low in lactose and also contain active bacterial cultures from yogurt, which help maintain healthy, normal intestinal flora and may also help reduce cancer.
If your digestive system is not used to a high fiber diet, start with 1 teaspoon each of wheat germ, bran, and flax and gradually work up per your GI system's tolerance. Be sure to increase your oral fluids of non-caffeinated liquids, too, as you increase your fiber intake.
Comments received from Hundreds of Readers:
Look for packaged tofu in the produce section of the grocery store. Vacuum packed tofu is also available and may be on the grocery shelves, along with soy milk.
Unused portions of tofu should be stored in water and kept refrigerated. Change the tofu water daily. (If you are severely immune-suppressed during or after your cancer therapy, you must minimize your risk of food-borne illness. Ask your cancer center for a copy of their guidelines of foods to avoid).
I maximize my calcium intake (to help treat my osteoporosis) by using a brand of tofu that is higher in calcium (made with calcium sulfate or gypsum, not nigari) and calcium-fortified orange juice and soy milk.
Choose a brand of soy milk that is highest in protein and calcium.
Buying both wheat bran and wheat germ in bulk at a health food store is much cheaper.
Buy whole flax seeds at a health food store. To make your own flax meal, grind about 1/2 cup in a blender for a few seconds, then store both the whole seeds and the ground meal in the freezer.
If an even less sweet shake is more appealing (especially while you are on chemo), add frozen cranberries as part of the fruit.
If you have mouth sores during cancer therapy, do not choose fruits that contain tiny seeds (such as blackberries) which can be irritating. Choose fruit or fruit juice that is non-acidic.
Shake Recipe #2
Makes about 3-1/2 cups. Approximate nutritional content:
|Calories||580 kcal||Protein||38 gm||Fat||11 gm|
|Fiber||14 gm||Calcium||525 mg|
Shake Recipe #3
Makes about 3 1/2 cups. Approximate nutritional content:
|Calories||658 kcal||Protein||35 gm||Fat||12 gm|
|Fiber||12 gm||Calcium||490 mg|
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