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Best tasting high protein shakes-for cancer patient so please take the time to read

justa56 224 June 11, 2013 at 05:56 AM in Best (2)
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Posted this somewhere else but I think this is where I should have put it...

I know that the protein shakes are pretty popular on here with alot of people.

My Sister has pancreatic cancer and is going thru chemo and radiation treatments right now and needs a good protein shake.

She has very little appetite but does drink alot of liquids and they are stressing getting alot of protein in her, so I'm trying to find something that tastes really yummy.

Even if you have some ideas on how to make it taste better I'd appreciate the suggestions as I know the powder ones can taste like crap and feel very grainy.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

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I only use the low carb / zero sugar ones, so brand and type from me may not work, but I can help liven some up.

1) Use a blender and crushed ice and make it a full on shake. It doesnt have to be real thick, but cold and smooth helps with the grainy

2) Use milk! I would go with whole milk if I were you. I hate whole milk to drink, but the extra fat would be good in a shake

3) Speaking of extra fat - PEANUT BUTTER! 'nuff said

4) Bananas work well. They are sweet and blend nice.

One bit of advice I would lend is go to supplement shops (even GNC) and ask if they have free samples.

I wish your sister the best of luck!
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I use BSN Syntha 6 and it tastes great. It is a powder, but I use a blender so no issues with it being grainy. It can be made with water or milk. The chocolate milkshake flavor is my favorite, but vanilla ice cream flavor is also good. As mentioned above, add peanut butter, bananas, or any other fruit to add to the flavor. I have been buying a lot of frozen berries/fruit recently to use in place of ice. Also, try calling a place like http://www.bodybuilding.com and explaining your situation. They carry almost every brand of protein. Hope this helps.

Good luck to your sister.
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Sorry to hear that, I hope she makes it through. I lost both parents to pancreatic/liver cancer.

My cousin gave us a single serving blender and a small bag of vanilla protein powder along with some recipes for tasty protein shakes. I liked blending together the powder with a small amount of milk and a banana and a couple of ice cubes. I think there was another recipe that tasted like an orange creamsicle which was one of my Dad's favorite things. There are surely tons of other suggestions online.

*Edit*
Here are a bunch of tasty sounding recipes
http://mollygalbraith.com/2012/03...e-recipes/
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Thanks so much for the advice...I've looked online but was just curious what people here thought as I do see a lot of the stuff on sale in the hot topics message board and alot of responses that people have bought it.

I have tried the blender thing but duh didn't think to add some other stuff to it to take that grainy thing away. It's probably not that bad but she is in the anger stage right now so nothing is right.

We are hopeing she makes it thru, they are giving a fairly good prognosis so far...thank you for the kind words.
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Quote from justa56 View Post :
Thanks so much for the advice...I've looked online but was just curious what people here thought as I do see a lot of the stuff on sale in the hot topics message board and alot of responses that people have bought it.

I have tried the blender thing but duh didn't think to add some other stuff to it to take that grainy thing away. It's probably not that bad but she is in the anger stage right now so nothing is right.

We are hopeing she makes it thru, they are giving a fairly good prognosis so far...thank you for the kind words.

Try Jay Rob protein drinks. They taste great.
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I do not have a suggestion for shakes but I have been thru chemo & Radiation and I can assure you nothing will taste right...
With Chemo you have a constant yucky taste in your mouth that you cannot get rid of no matter what you do. (The only thing that killed the taste for a few moments were Mentos--the stronger the better-and that relief is gone the minute the Mento is gone)
All that being said you might want to go more for consistency than taste and the higher the protein the better.
Good luck to her-
Chemo & Radiation were probably about the worst experience I have ever had and I can fully understand her anger...
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Thank you all so much for your input ... I'll be looking into all of them.
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Another vote for BSN Syntha-6. Its the best tasting out of the many protein shakes I have tried.
Its also got a higher calorie content than many other protein shakes, which could be a good thing in her case. Good luck!
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Although I have an Eclips, I have read the stories about what Dawn and Sherri have gone through and I wish them much success with their new cutter. I would probably have gone that route had I been able to afford it. Would love to be able to cut heavier media. Anyway, so happy for you ladies, and wish you only the best.
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Fruit smoothie with 8g-24g of soy protein(from Trader's Joe) since ALL classic protein shakes taste bad compared strawberry smoothie with some dairy,sugar, and ice.
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My cousin gave a single to us portion blender and a little sack of vanilla protein powder along with some recipes for dainty protein shakes. I enjoyed blending together the powder with a modest quantity of milk and a banana and a few of ice cubes. I believe there was another recipe that tasted like an orange creamsicle which was one of my Dad's favorite things. There are absolutely heaps of other suggestions online.
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