Posted by

Victoria Lagodinsky

October 24, 2014

From Penny Brohn’s Cancer Care cookbook Nourish, with recipes by Christine Bailey.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we’re sharing two cancer-fighting smoothie recipes – to give you a huge antioxidant boost – from Nourish: The Cancer Care Cookbook, written in partnership with Penny Brohn Cancer Care. A light and refreshing shake, juice or smoothie contains beneficial ingredients in a form that is easy to take, making it useful for breakfast or as a snack, particularly if you find your appetite is low or you’re just too tired to cook a meal.

Matcha Mango Shake

Matcha is an antioxidant-rich powdered Japanese green tea. The whole leaves are used, making matcha more potent than brewed green tea and higher in antioxidants.

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

60g/2¼oz/heaped ⅓ cup blanched almonds
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1 tsp matcha green tea
ice, to serve
mango slices, to serve (optional)
2 tsp stevia powder


1. Put the almonds in a blender or food processor with 500ml/17fl oz/2 cups water and process until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, if you prefer.

2. Add the mango and the matcha, and process again until thick and creamy. Drink immediately, served with ice and mango, if you like, or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.



Green Hemp Shake

Including hemp protein powder in your smoothies is an easy and healthy way to increase your intake of quality protein and omega-3 and -6 essential fats. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

30g/1oz/¼ cup hemp protein powder or shelled hemp seeds
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
a pinch of cinnamon
400ml/14fl oz/generous 1½ cups coconut water or water
2 large handfuls of spinach leaves, romaine lettuce or kale
a pinch of stevia, if needed, to taste


1. Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Drink immediately or store in the fridge for up to 1 day.


Looking for more recipes to help you through cancer treatment? Try this Wilted Kale Salad for a super-food boost of glucosinolates or help your immune system with protein, antioxidants, selenium and zinc, all locked in these delicious Japanese Lamb Burgers.


A recipe book for cancer care, and the foods to eat during chemotherapy
Nourish: The Cancer Care Cookbook embraces the holistic healthy living approach of Penny Brohn Cancer Care, combining nutritional advice with 7-day menu plans and healthy recipes design to help you, or someone you know, live with cancer.

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