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I’m not a fan of juicing because it takes out all the fiber, leaving behind the nutrients yes, but also all the sugar. This is one of the reasons people always feel so good and full of energy after drinking juice, but sadly it’s the sugar rush not the nutrients they’re feeling. Smoothies on the other hand contain whole foods, with all the nutrients and all the fiber. Fiber is so good for us. It can be cancer protective of our GI systems, and aside from keeping things moving, it helps to make many of the nutrients not only more bio-available, but slows down the absorption of the sugars by the body. It also makes you feel fuller, so you don’t overindulge, which is all too easy to do with juices. Here are some favorites.

Quick Kale Smoothie

Kale is one of the super greens but it can taste bitter when raw, which many people find off-putting. Not with this yummy smoothie. It blends kale with apple and frozen mango chunks for sweetness, and is a wonderful way to get the power of kale in a truly delicious, nutritious drink!

Avocado and Pineapple Smoothie

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and where weight loss is an issue during cancer treatment, they are a healthy source for much needed calories. Avocado also helps to make foods smoother and easier to swallow by sore mouths or throats. This smoothie packs calories, protein and healthy fats in the most creamy and delicious way. If mouth soreness is an issue, use a frozen banana instead of pineapple.

Almond Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

This is a delicious vegan smoothie that blends all the antioxidant power of blueberries together with almonds in the form of almond butter and unsweetened almond milk. For extra sweetness and thickness, we’ve added our favorite smoothie secret weapon – a frozen banana!

Orange Carrot Smoothie with Ginger and Dates

I love this hi-cal vegan treat. It’s a great way to help get to your 5-a-day. Raw carrots are bursting with vitamins A and C, while ground flax seeds add bulk and healthy omega 3 fats, not to mention additional fiber. Ginger is of course great for digestion, and to my mind, there is nothing better to sweeten smoothies than pitted dates.

Chocolate Quinoa Smoothie

This rather naughty tasting smoothie is a great way to use cooked quinoa. Thanks to the Dutch processed cocoa powder, it is so chocolaty, you’d never know that quinoa was in there. Quinoa has complete protein so this can make a great breakfast or snack on the fly. And although Dutch processed chocolate has no sugar in it at all, I would add the agave nectar to taste, because if as I do, you like your chocolate to taste bittersweet, you may not need all of the sweetener.

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