In today’s post, we’ll look at how a smoothie can help support you when you have no appetite or aren’t eating much. This smoothie will give you good nutrition and tide you over until you’re feeling more like your normal self.

When you’re not eating much, you need a smoothie that is high in calories and full of nutrients –  every sip needs to work hard on your behalf.

If an entire smoothie is more than you can manage, store in the fridge and take sips throughout the day. If you’re feeling a bit better than that, you can have this smoothie as a meal replacement.

This recipe is tasty and full of goodness. Included in the ingredients are avocado and full fat organic coconut milk/cream. If you’re losing weight as a result of cancer or its treatment, add more coconut in the form of coconut butter. 

A word about coconut butter…

Don’t be fooled — coconut butter isn’t the same as coconut oil, even though they might sometimes look similar. (When stored at a cool temperature, coconut oil sets into a white solid, which is the way coconut butter looks too.) Coconut butter is a high calorie food (93 calories per tablespoon), and the saturated fat is easily digestible. You can buy coconut butter from grocery stores that carry healthy foods, or you can buy it online. You can even make it at home by whizzing up shredded coconut in a powerful blender for a few minutes. But I’m guessing that if you don’t feel like eating, you certainly won’t feel like making your own coconut butter.

A word about greens powders…

Making smoothies is a quick and easy way to include fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. For an even quicker and easier way, consider using a greens powder rather than fresh and raw produce. Here are some that we’ve used and liked.

Protein & Greens, from Paradise brand contains greens and berries, and protein powder. It also contains additional supplements, which might be convenient and useful for many people but if you’re in cancer treatment, check with your oncologist before using this powder.

Paleo Greens, from Designs for Health is an unflavored and unsweeted powder includes a blend of ten vegetables, five fruits, plus other ingredients such as spirulina and nettle leaves.

EssentiaGreens, also from Designs for Health is orange and cranberry flavored. It includes a blend of ten vegetables and five fruits, as well as other greens and extracts.

Pure Greens, from Seeking Health, contains a blend of seven vegetables, five fruits, and many other healthful ingredients, such as quinoa sprouts and ginger root.

Although the powders might seem costly, the most expensive one will probably amount to about $2 per smoothie. Consider that each powder contains extracts of multiple vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients and the cost might seem more reasonable. One word of caution: study the product’s label if you want to avoid specific ingredients such as gluten or stevia.

And remember: there’s nothing wrong with making smoothies from your fresh or frozen stash of fruits and vegetables!



Yields 1 serving

Smoothies - a healthy meal replacement

A delicious smoothie designed to keep you going when you have no appetite.

8 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 2 scoops of protein powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop of greens powder
  • 8 oz full fat organic Coconut milk/cream
  • 1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Lemon fish oil (omit if on an anti-coagulant medication) e.g., Nordics natural liquid lemon fish oil
  • Probiotics (see note below)
  • 1 tsp curcumin
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1" piece of ginger root (peeled or washed)
  • 1 whole lemon with the skin on (or a half a lemon if you prefer)


  1. Place ingredients in blender, putting the softest in first and ending with the hardest on top.
  2. Whizz until smooth.


Note that probiotics shouldn’t be whizzed up in a high-power blender because they don’t usually survive, which renders them useless. Instead, just empty the capsule contents into the mix after whizzing and stir in. Whey protein powder rarely causes a reaction in those who can’t otherwise eat dairy.


Every sip of this tasty smoothie will work hard for you while you’re struggling with no appetite.

Using greens powder in place of vegetables and fruits makes this a very quick and easy recipe.

What’s good about this recipe

Ginger is well-known as a digestive aid, helping to ease nausea and improve appetite.

This smoothie is full of antioxidants and healthy fats.

Lemon enhances all the flavors in the smoothie, but also aid digestion and help to eliminate any bitterness associated with some leafy greens.

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