Favorite Recipes for Cancer Patients or Weight Gain January 05 2019

Anyone who knows my philosophy on nutrition knows that I am a huge fan of protein shakes because they make eating healthy, easy, and super-delicious. Choose the highest quality that's low sugar, low carb, and low fat to provide your body with the best nutrition possible. That's where LynFit Compete Protein Shakes come in. Twenty-four grams of the highest quality protein you can buy, low carb, low sugar, and low fat. And, always gluten and soy-free, and micro-filtered to remove lactose, making them easier to digest, especially when it counts most.

Real food is typically best, but protein shakes are a great supplement to a sound nutrition program!

Some good reasons to drink a protein shake are:

  • If you have trouble meeting your protein requirements
  • If you are a vegetarian/pescatarian/don’t eat much meat
  • If you are in a rush/don’t have time to cook/have a very busy schedule
  • If you have trouble getting all your calories from real food. Eating enough calories every day from real food can be challenging when you're healing and recovering, and your body needs it most at those times. 
  • To control cravings/combat a sweet tooth
  • For nourishment during times you might not feel like eating (i.e. first thing in the morning, after treatments) 

This is obviously not an exhaustive list of reasons to drink protein shakes, but most of the main bases are covered.

I suggest using LynFit Complete Protein Advanced. It's my absolute favorite protein powder. It's is gluten-free, non-GMO, growth hormone-free, sweetened with stevia, low-carb, and delicious!

Here are my favorite recipes for cancer patients or anyone needing to gain weight. Any of these recipes can be bulked up by adding peanut butter, coconut or almond milk, more heavy whipping cream (when needed), whole eggs, or extra nut butter. If needed, all recipes can be made a little sweeter by adding one packet of Truvia, a stevia-based granulated sweetener.

Please note that by two scoops, I mean approximately 30 grams of protein powder, which normally nets between 20 and 25 grams of protein. Nutrition information given assumes 24 grams of protein for two scoops.

Keep in mind that you can amend the ingredients in any of these recipes for your personal preference (more flavor, less flavor, more sweet, less sweet, thicker, thinner, etc). Please let me know what you think, and please share your favorite recipes and I will continue to add to this list.

Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP

  • (2 scoops) Chocolate Bliss Complete Protein Advanced 
  • (6 oz.) Almond milk
  • (1½ tbsp.) Peanut butter
  • (1 tbsp.) Raw cocoa powder (optional)
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 400
Protein: 56 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Fat: 17 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

PINA COLADA PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced 
  • (2 oz.) Unsweetened coconut milk
  • (¾ cup) Pineapple chunks (either fresh or “no sugar added,” if canned) (optional but good for digestion)
  • (8 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice
  • (1-5 drops) Coconut extract, if desired, for extra flavor

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 450
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 22 grams
Fat: 16 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

APPLE CRISP PROTEIN SHAKE

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 340
Protein: 49 grams
Carbs: 19 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

For an extra yummy treat, take some gluten-free oats (2/3 cup) and mix them with (1 tbsp.) of melted real butter, (2 tsp.) honey, and cinnamon to taste. Spread them out on a baking sheet and toast them at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes (stirring after 10 minutes). Keep a close eye on the oats and don’t let them burn. Take them out and let them cool completely, stirring them so they don’t clump together. You can sprinkle this on top of your shake or eat a couple of spoonfuls when you drink your shake. This recipe makes two servings of the “crisp.”

Adds:

Calories: 170
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 23 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN SHAKE

Blend to desired consistency.

(*Steep (1-2) mint-flavored green tea bags in (12 oz.) hot water for 2-3 minutes (two teabags for stronger flavor). If you have time to let it cool, that’s ideal. If not, steep them in (6-8 oz.) of water and use extra crushed ice when making your shake.

Calories: 270
Protein: 49 grams
Carbs: 7 grams
Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

CASHEW COOKIE PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced 
  • (6 oz.) Almond milk
  • (1½ tbsp.) Cashew butter
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • (1-5 drops) Vanilla extract
  • (1-5 drops) Butter flavoring extract  (*if extra calories are needed, use real butter)
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 430
Protein: 53 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Fat: 17 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced 
  • (6 oz.) Almond milk
  • (2/3 cup) Blueberries
  • Juice from (1-2) lemon wedges or (½ packet) of TrueLemon
  • (2 tsp.) Cashew butter
  • (1-5 drops) Vanilla extract
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 440
Protein: 52 grams
Carbs: 21 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Fiber: 4 grams

PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced
  • (6 oz.) Almond milk
  • (½ cup) Pure canned pumpkin
  • (1-5 drops) Vanilla extract
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 330
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 15 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Fiber: 4 grams

SWEET POTATO PIE PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced
  • (6 oz.) Almond milk
  • (½ cup) Sweet potato (already baked, no skin)
  • (1-5 drops) Vanilla extract
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 420
Protein: 52 grams
Carbs: 36 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Fiber: 8 grams

MOCHA PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Chocolate Bliss Complete Protein Advanced
  • (10 oz.) Coffee (already cooled or 5 oz. very strong coffee, and add lots of extra ice when blending)
  • (2 tbsp.) Heavy whipping cream for added calories 
  • (1 tbsp.) Raw cocoa powder
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 375
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 8 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

VERY BERRY PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream Complete Protein Advanced
  • (8 oz.) Almond milk
  • (¼ cup each) Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (OR 1 cup frozen mixed berries)
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 360
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 21 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 17 grams

ORANGE CREAMSICLE PROTEIN SHAKE

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 450
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 20 grams
Fat: 16 grams
Fiber: 1 gram

TROPICAL PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Low-carb Vanilla Protein Powder
  • (4 oz.) Almond milk
  • (2 oz.) Unsweetened coconut milk
  • (½ cup) Pineapple chunks (either fresh or “no sugar added,” if canned)
  • (½ cup) Frozen mango
  • (½) Banana
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • (3-5 drops) Coconut extract
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 560
Protein: 51 grams
Carbs: 46 grams
Fat: 19 grams
Fiber: 6 grams

CINNAMON ROLL PROTEIN SHAKE

  • (2 scoops) Vanilla Dream or Chocolate Bliss Complete Protein Advanced 
  • (8 oz.) Almond milk
  • (2 tbsp.) Heavy whipping cream
  • (4 oz.) Water (more for a thinner shake, less for a thicker shake)
  • (1-5 drops) Vanilla extract
  • (1-5 drops) Natural butter flavoring
  • (2 tsp.) Ground cinnamon (if you use Vanilla Bliss Protein)
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • Crushed ice

Blend to desired consistency.

Calories: 400
Protein: 50 grams
Carbs: 7 grams
Fat: 17 grams
Fiber: 2 grams