August 11, 2014 | by Dominique Grignetti
Appetite loss may be common during cancer treatment, lasting throughout your therapy or only occasionally, but it can be managed.
Below are tips from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that can help you keep your weight up and, in doing so, keep your body well-nourished. (See the end of this article for a delicious chocolate-avocado smoothie recipe that's perfectly in line with these recommendations.)
Start incorporating these tips into your diet with this list of foods recommended by the NCI.
Here's a great recipe from Chemo Bites to get you started.
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
The avocado and banana are filling and the almonds give a boost of protein. Avocados also have anti-inflammatory properties.
2 cups almond milk
½ cup crushed ice
1 ripe banana
3 dates, pitted
1 tbsp honey
1 ripe avocado
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/8 cup almonds
1 ½ tsp golden flaxseed
Combine all ingredients into a high powered blender.
Blend for 30 seconds. Check consistency. Blend longer, if needed.
If you like a more watery consistency, add extra almond milk little by little.
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