My poor friend “B” is suffering from mouth sores, just over a week after her 1st chemo treatment. Chemo can cause a number of unpleasant side effects, including a sore mouth and trouble swallowing. That’s why smoothies are great — they’re soothing, smooth, nutritious, and go down easy.
The National Cancer Institute puts out a booklet “Eating Hints Before, During and After Cancer Treatment” (www.cancer.gov) which suggests a number of ways to deal with sore mouth symptoms, including eating cold or room-temperature food, choosing soft foods, sucking on ice chips, and avoiding certain foods such as citrus fruits/juices, spicy foods, tomato based foods, crunchy foods, salty foods and raw vegetables.
Since it’s so hot out, I decided to make a Mango Coconut Smoothie and Papaya Banana Smoothie for “B”, along with a Mango Cantaloupe Sorbet and Frozen Watermelon Drops.
Here’s my recipe for the Mango Coconut Smoothie, a modified version of the kitchn’s Mango Yogurt Smoothie:
Mango Coconut Smoothie
- 1 fresh mango cut up
- 1/4 cup coconut yogurt or soy yogurt
- 1/2 banana
- 1 T light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- a couple of ice cubes
- Blend it all up and serve. Will keep in the fridge 2 days.