It Starts with the Right Blender
The key to my learning how to put real, actual food through the PEG tube (because John quickly grew weary of the processed gunk) is having the right blender. Any foods introduced through a PEG tube have to be the same thin consistency as Ensure, and a regular blender can’t accomplish this. It takes a Three Horsepower blender that can reduce foods down to micron level without any leftover sludge or debris that could clog the tube.
Fortunately, we’d already been using a BlendTec blender for a couple of years, a three horsepower blender so powerful you could probably mow the lawn with it. While they are pricey, ours is worth it for these reasons:
- We use it every single day as a major appliance for making smoothies or soups
- It is sturdy and durable
- You can process the most nutritious parts of fruits and vegetables such as skins, stems, and seeds, without any leftover residue
- It is remarkably easy to clean. You simply rinse out the blender when finished….no parts to lose!
Just how efficient is one of these blenders? You be the judge and check out this video, where an iphone is successfully blended to dust within seconds.
I’ve been told the Vitamix blender works the same, and it is a similar price.
What to Blend Up:
I first learned how to blend and combine nutrional foods basked on Jeff Primack’s book, Smoothie Formulas, which includes recipes with cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
The remarkable thing is how many parts of a fruit or vegetable are entirely pulverized in a three horsepower blender…things like apple seeds and pith, even avocado pits!
For more recipe ideas see my post, Five Element smoothies (or how to get all colors of the rainbow into your smoothies!)
John is 11 weeks out from his last radiation treatment and hasn’t had the PEG tube for several weeks. His throat is still too sore for most foods, though, and many of the foods I could formerly blend up and put through his tube without regards to taste or acidity are still too harsh on his throat. I still use the blender every day while I figure out what new foods can be introduced.
Today was a hot summer day, so I made a watermelon smoothie, including a large wedge of watermelon (seeds and rind included), cucumber (seeds and rind included), vegetable protein powder, Greek yogurt, and coconut milk. He found it light, refreshing, and tasty.
Posted on July 8, 2012, in Feeding Tube Support (PEG tube) and tagged BlendTec, feeding tube, HPV Throat Cancer, PEG tube, recipes, smoothies, throat cancer, Vitamix. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.