April 26, 2016

Cancer Nutrition Recipe: Delicious Shake

By megm

This week’s nutrition tip is brought to you by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Community. Join the conversation here.

chocolate shakeChocolate Avocado Shake

Jeanine LeDoux, MS, RD, LDN

I know what you're thinking- "Chocolate and Avocado??". But, please believe me here, this shake is creamy, delicious, and oh so satisfying. High in calories and protein, it's perfect for someone who is struggling to maintain weight or who has high nutritional needs. In addition, the smooth creamy texture is great for a sore mouth. This shake has fiber, protein, and many micronutrients! Give it a try and let us know what you think! Join the conversation on the BIDMC Cancer Nutrition Support Group here.

Servings: 1

One sip of this cool, creamy shake and you won’t believe that the main ingredient is avocado! This shake packs a real punch with calorie and protein content. In addition, it’s full of heart-healthy fats!


1 large avocado

2 T Nutella or other chocolate spread

1 ½ cup whole milk

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 T honey

7-8 ice cubes


  1. Peel avocado and remove pit.
  2. Add avocado and remaining ingredients to blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Enjoy J

Nutrition Notes:

1 serving provides: 829 calories, 18 g protein, 14 g fiber, 72 g carbohydrate, 52 g fat

*Note that the majority of fats in this shake are heart-healthy, mono- and poly- unsaturated fats from the avocado!

*This shake is also chock-full of nutrients like: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Potassium, and folate. In addition, the fats in avocado help to improve absorption of many vitamins.

Jeanine LeDoux, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian who specializes in oncology nutrition at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She helps individuals affected by cancer to get the nutrients they need to keep their body strong and healthy before, during, and after treatment. Jeanine uses the most up-to-date scientific literature to provide recommendations and information to patients with a variety of nutritional needs. 

Have more cancer nutrition questions? Join the BIDMC Cancer Nutrition Support Group here.

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