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My husband has been dealing with oral cancer since 1991. He has had eight surgeries, including a laryngectomy and tracheostomy in August of 2011 and almost total glossectomy. He currently has an inoperable tumor in his throat that is being treated with chemotherapy. He has a stent in place to help keep the throat open. He was on a feeding tube for four weeks but now is able to eat if his food is blended. He is very creative about what he eats and gets a good variety of tastes.

He uses a Magic Bullet to blend or liquify what he eats. Depending on the food, he adds sauces, soups or broths, ketchup, syrup, milk, water or protein drinks to get the food to a consistency he can eat or drink. The thickest consistency he can tolerate is that of oatmeal.

Some examples of a meal he might prepare are eggs scrambled with cottage cheese and then milk added to liquify; minestrone soup with a veggie burger or salmon burger blended in; pasta with vegetables and extra marinara sauce; brisket and mashed potatoes and peas with some extra liquid to make it drinkable; pancakes or french toast and syrup with some extra milk.

He drinks most of his meals or uses a spoon. He has little feeling in his lips so he can not use a straw. He can drink out of the Magic Bullet cups and also uses an insulated bottle with a curved lip to drink juice, milk or soda.

We have been taking the Magic Bullet with us when we go out to eat and every restaurant has been cooperative about helping him find a place to plug it in. We used it along the road traveling from California to Minnesota. It does make noise briefly but we've had no complaints. Before we started bringing the Magic Bullet with us I was calling ahead to the restaurant we wanted to go to. I would ask for a manager or someone who could answer a special eating request. Do not trust the person who answers the phone as they are not always well informed as to what the kitchen will or will not do. I would ask if they could blend his food, something like pasta or fish and mashed potatoes. We had mostly positive responses. One restaurant actually bought a new blender to have for us. He has eaten in some very nice restaurants but we mostly go to more modest places.

Using the Magic Bullet to blend or liquify his food has reduced much of the stress of eating while still allowing him to have a variety of foods at home and also eat out with friends and family.
Naomi Arnold, caregiver and cheerleader for Neil Arnold, Lary 8/11




In addition to my laryngectomy, I had tongue removal which makes it impossible to chew, so everything I eat is blended or liquefied.

For pepperoni pizza, hamburgers, fish, everything except a stringy beef roast, I use my wife's mixer which has a meat grinder attachment.

When I do the rest of my food, I use a Kitchen Aid stick blender which I have found does a better job for me. I place the food in a pitcher and add water or V-8 juice and puree till I can drink it. Sometimes I will thin it more so it's easier for me to get down. I have used broth, hot water, milk, and the water used for cooking green beans or other vegetables.

For a meal, I will add coffee to a large muffin from Sam's Club and add a Boost+ or yogurt to it. For breakfast, I blend a banana with oatmeal,
canned milk, even use chocolate milk, and occasionally add cinnamon.

In the last 5 years I have taught myself that I can fix most foods.

Hope this helps others also.

(Gary Sparks - Virginia)




Smoothies for Cancer Patients

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Lost Weight? Try this.

My very enjoyable "staple" which has helped me regain weight is my special protein drink mix that actually tastes good! In a blender or with one of those new hand held submersion mixers, mix together Carnation Instant Breakfast (select a flavor that you like), some protein powder, vitamins, lots of your favorite ice cream and milk. It really does the job! Fairly easy to swallow and is satisfying.



Slurpee Drinks

I know you all out there like the 'slurpee' type drinks. You can make something similar to them at home. While they aren't quite as good as the real thing they sure are good! Use a blender with a 'crush ice' setting. Put in about a glass full of ice, add your liquid to cover the ice (you will need to adjust the amount to suit yourself). Use milk, juice, coffee, tea, Mai Tai, what have you. Add any type sweetener you may need and grind away. Pour into a large glass and enjoy. You can add your vitamins or some of any foul tasting medicine into the drink and disguise the taste.
(Parnell Stratton)


"Fruit Salad" Smoothie

1 med Ripe peach
3/4 c Fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 Banana - peeled
2 c Skimmed evaporated milk-chilled
4 ts Frozen orange juice concentrate
1 t Vanilla
4-6 ice cubes
Cinnamon -- optional

Combine everything in blender except ice and cinnamon. With blender running, add ice cubes one at a time. Divide Smoothie into 4 chilled glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon.
(Jack Henshaw)


Apple a la Mode Smoothie

2 cups nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup chilled apple juice
1 cup apple -diced and frozen
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine frozen yogurt, applesauce, and apple juice in blender. Add apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.

(Jack Henshaw)


Orange Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
1/2 c Orange juice
1/4 c Pineapple juice
1/2 ea Banana
1/4 ts Ginger root -- fresh, peeled, grated, up to 1/2 tsp
1/2 c Crushed ice or 2 small ice cubes
Combine and blend


Apple-Coconut Smoothie

1/4 c Apple juice
1 pn Coconut - grated OR 1 Tbs. coconut milk *
1/2 ea Banana
1/4 ts Ginger root - fresh, peeled-grated
1/2 c -Crushed ice or 2 small ice-Cubes


Orange-Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie

1/4 c Orange juice
1/4 c Pineapple juice
1 tb Coconut milk *
1/2 ea Banana
1/4 ts Ginger root -fresh, peeled grated
1/2 c Crushed ice or 2 small ice-cubes
Combine and blend

*Can be made from fresh, dried, or purchased bottled coconut milk. Do not use the canned coconut mix for mixed drinks as it is very sweet and different.

(For dried coconut: use 1 cup unsweetened, dried coconut with 1 1/2 c hot tap water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Puree one minute and proceed as above. Will keep up to three days refrigerated and indefinitely, if frozen.)

(If using fresh coconut, cut coconut meat into 1" pieces & place equal amounts of coconut & hot water in food processor or blender. Puree at high speed for a couple of minutes, let steep for 30 minutes. Then pour into a strainer set over a bowl. Press on the pulp and squeeze by the handful to extract as much milk as possible. Pour the milk through a fine-mesh strainer.)
(Jack Henshaw)


Peanut Power

1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup silken tofu
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 bananas - frozen
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Combine soy milk, tofu, and peanut butter in blender. Add bananas, chocolate syrup, and any ice cubes if desired. Blend until smooth.
(Jack Henshaw )


Marti's Radiation Smoothie

In a blender, mix:
1 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 - 2 cups yogurt (any kind okay, as long as it is NOT low-fat)
1/5-1/4 package tofu
1 banana
globs of honey
large glob of molasses
anything chocolate: syrup, cocoa, Ovaltine--you get the idea
2-3 packs Carnation instant breakfast
loads of ice cream: I used chocolate and strawberry; any other fruit you want to use, avoiding citrus (the acid is hard on the radiated tissues)
Feel free to vary amounts and ingredients, BUT do not skimp on the yogurt and tofu. Also remember this recipe is for weight maintenance or gain.
(Paul Sampson)



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