Milk shake with Ensure in it
Mom always liked our home made milk shakes.
She hasn't been eating well at all the last few days. She didn't want to drink her Ensure either. Mom is 95.
So tonight, when she wanted a milk shake, I put her chocolate Ensure in it! Worked great.
I put ice cream in a blender and usually put milk in with it for the milk shake. For hers, instead of milk, I put the Ensure. She gets her nutrients, and her milks shake, so she was happy!
Last edited by brainman; 02-09-2011 at 06:24 PM.
Excellent tip! Thank you.
Here is my recipe:
1 Can of cold (almost frozen) Ensure or similar product
1 Cup of whole milk
2 Cup of ice cream (flavor is patients choice)
1 Cup of fruit that goes well with the ice cream
High protein powder like muscle builders use (follow label directions)
A hand full of ice cubes
Put everything put the ice cream in a blender and blend until almost all of the ice is well bended. Then add the ice cream.
Serve at once. Enjoy I know my father did.
This is not a recipe for otherwise healthy people because it is overloaded with fats, sugars, and proteins. However, for a sick person who is loosing muscles and body fat, it could make a big difference.
ensure has artificial stuff in it. artificial flavor is acidic. ice cream is bad for anybody and whatever else wow no I would go for yogurt with frozen fruit and almonds make a natural smoothie. The goal is not to fatten you up but to stay away from junk that will screw your immune system up ... cheers
10 year tc survivor
It may have - but it saved my life.
Do not knock a product that has helped others.
flobro, the goal is NOT to fatten the person up but to stop weight loss and prolong life of someone who will otherwise just waist away and die.
Your suggestion of yogurt, fruit, and almonds sound good as well.
My sons concoction is similiar to brainmans except he adds creamy peanut butter to his. Occasionally he will also put in a pack of carnation instant breakfast says it makes it similiar to a malt.
I don't know if it's ok for everyone though. His dr said it's ok for him.
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs
As you suggest, Jamie, it is very important to talk with your own doctor BEFORE starting any diet.
I have found there is no one answer: Answer #1 What ever the person continues to enjoy/ can tolerate / and is effective.... Answer #2-Try something new when #1 fails.
All of the above are great choices and ideas. The right answer is as different as we are from each other
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The only problem I have with it is that it is high in sugar and a lot of brain tumor patients are on steroids which throws them into diabetes and this would make it go through the roof, But here is the deal If they are sick and not eating do what you have to they can take a sugar pill or two and all though ensure is high in sugar and carbs, it is loaded in vitamins they need I would say push some water drinks or something to you know they are getting dehydrated as well, watch for low fevers too that may cause dehydration, They say it is good to make sure they drink a lot before getting any type of vein treatments or just blood test will help with veins. A treatment my sis in law is on says it will make her treatment more effective if she takes extra vitamin d couple days leading up to treatment. She has bone cancer though ... so while some vitamins may hurt certain treatments effectiveness also the reverse can be true. Any one every try oxygen treatments to help with the blood brain barrier to fight tumors in the brain?????