Recipes for High Calorie Shakes

High Calorie and High Protein Shakes for Cancer Weight Loss

High Protein Shakes for Cancer Patients
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Weight loss can be a common side effect of cancer treatment. Side effects of treatment such as loss of appetite, nausea, and diarrhea can contribute to weight loss and overall nutrition. Maintaining your nutrition is critical during cancer treatment and is a challenge for many people with cancer. If you can't tolerate solid foods in the days after chemotherapy infusions, nutritional shakes are an excellent way to receive calories and protein.

While drinking shakes can help you maintain nutrition and help prevent weight loss, they should not be used as a long-term alternative to solid foods. If you have nutritional concerns, a dietician that specializes in nutrition for cancer patients can be a great help. He or she can help determine your nutritional needs and create a diet that will help you meet those needs. Most cancer treatment centers have dieticians on staff to assist people with cancer.

High Calorie, High Protein Shake Recipes for Cancer-Related Weight Loss

Many of these high calorie and high protein shakes call for protein fortified milk. It's an important ingredient because it can add up to 3-4 grams of protein per serving. It can be used in place of milk in all recipes for added calories and protein. You may be able to find protein fortified milk in your grocer's dairy case alongside the soy milk, almond milk, and other specialty milk products.

If you cannot find protein fortified milk, it's easy to make your own at home.

Protein Fortified Milk Recipe

  • 1 quart whole milk or 2% milk
  • 1 cup powdered non-fat dry milk

Blend milk and powdered milk together. Chill in refrigerator for 4-6 hours before consuming.

Nutritional Information: Each serving (1 cup) contains 211 calories and 14 grams of protein.

High Protein Chocolate Shake Recipe

  • 1 cup protein fortified milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional; for flavoring)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add additional milk if ​the shake is too thick, starting with 1 tablespoon at a time. Serve immediately.

You can also substitute any type of dessert sauce such as strawberry, caramel, or butterscotch for the chocolate sauce.

Cookies and Cream Milkshake Recipe

  • 1 cup protein fortified milk
  • 3/4 cup crushed Oreo or Hydrox cookies
  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a mixer until desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Banana Milkshake Recipe

  • 1 ripe or frozen banana
  • 1 cup of protein fortified milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a mixer until desired consistency.

Strawberry Milkshake with Real Strawberries

  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup protein fortified milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a mixer until desired consistency.

Nutella Milk Shake

  • 1/3 cup Nutella or hazelnut spread 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup protein fortified milk

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a mixer until desired consistency. You can also add a few teaspoons of chocolate syrup for a chocolate hazelnut flavor blend.

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