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#WhyIBlend: A Cancer-Fighting Journey


We receive stories DAILY about how green smoothies have changed peoples lives. We seriously read every single one of them, and they inspire us to keep sharing the Simple Green Smoothies lifestyle.

But sometimes, a story comes across our desks that we read over. And over. And over. And cry every single time.

Matt and Amanda both sent us stories during our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge giveaway to win a Blendtec blender and some Thrive Market swag. We won’t ruin it for you by sharing any details—you’ll have to read it for yourself. Let’s just say, we dare you to not reach for the tissue box after reading this story.


Little did we know, we had a lot more control over how we dealt with the disease than we realized.

Do you know how many cancer fighting nutrients are found in raw fruits and veggies?? We only thought we were living healthy! We’ve cut out everything highly processed, all sugar and chemicals and have adapted a mostly raw diet. We attribute how well he is doing to our new lifestyle. Matt hasn’t always loved vegetables and fruits, but put it in a smoothie and I can get him to drink it all day. Green smoothies have helped us add cancer-fighting nutrient density to our diets.

We are currently on month nine post-surgery and have been through eight rounds of chemotherapy, side effect free. After surgery, my already skinny husband lost 40 pounds. Skin and bones isn’t healthy. Green smoothies, although often touted for helping folks lose weight have actually helped him put healthy weight back on. Our blender has seen better days, but for us, it makes every day better! We joke about saving it like a trophy when it finally kicks the bucket!

He is working full time and has energy to boot! Since surgery, we have had clear MRI’s all the way! Green smoothies have been a life saver for us. Literally. We are going to do the next green smoothie challenge and can’t wait to be a part of that community! We are so grateful for the recipes you provide for us! It keeps things interesting and diversified! —Amanda Snow


She thinks about food day and night. She often jokes that she doesn’t have friends because she can only talk about two things, brain tumors and food.

She wakes up every morning and diligently makes smoothies and juices for the day. While the guys in the office are coming in with donuts or skipping it altogether, I am walking in with four mason jars filled to the brim with “cancer fighters”. She knows what each ingredient is good for, what it is best paired with, how to best absorb it… You name it, she knows it.

My wife, Amanda, actually has entered this giveaway already. I have to tell you, that girl deserves a win. She probably didn’t talk too much about herself, so I thought I would let you know a little bit more about how green smoothies, and good healthy food has changed our life.

Making good food that she knows is beneficial for me has given her something to control. Let’s face it, cancer can make you feel like you have no say, and she has taken that back for us. We do have a say. We get to choose how we take this, and we are taking it standing up.

In the last nine months, our worlds have changed quite a bit and it has shown me just how much she loves me. She quit her job to be able to drive me post-surgery to and from work for the next six months. Now she works from home and stays happy and busy in the kitchen. Her Ninja has had a good run, but it is on it’s last leg. If we get a new one it will have to be another Ninja, because cancer isn’t cheap.

Green smoothies have given us health, become a reminder of the love she has for me, and are definitely a conversation starter at work. —Matt Snow

Needless to say, Matt and Amanda were the winners of our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge giveaway. When we shared their story with the people from Blendtec, they decided to give them more than originally promised. They upgraded the blender to the Blendtec Designer 625, and hooked them up with a Twister Jar! Sweeeeeeeeet!

Matt said in his story that his wife, Amanda, deserves a win. Well, we think that BOTH of them deserve a win 🙂 Leave them an encouraging comment below if you think so, too!

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Thank you to each and every one of you who write in, share your photos and your heart with us. Hearing your Simple Green Smoothies stories truly makes a difference in our world. It’s an absolute pleasure to read every last one of them. If you’d love to celebrate your green smoothie journey, you can share your story right here.

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  1. Iveth Flores

    August 3rd, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Congratulations to both of you, you are definitely a great example for many people that with faith and love you can achieve anything and win!!!!

  2. Andrea

    August 27th, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Blessings, joy, health, life, laughter and strength to you both!

  3. Pandora

    August 31st, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Matt, rock on! I also had cancer five years ago and drank a green(ish) smoothie or juice every day for years. I still drink them as often as I can get them. LOVE throwing one beet into the green smoothie to kick up the liver – if that’s heresy, I’m sorry!

    Major kudos for taking back some control at this weird time, sending blessings, good vibrations, hugs and love your way!

  4. Sandra

    March 3rd, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations. My prayers and best wishes to Matt Amanda. Your story is both personal and inspiring for cansurvivals (cancer survivors) going through. I am a cansurvivor and your story gives me hope. God bless you both and God bless both Jen and Jadah.

  5. SGS Rawkstar

    March 4th, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words :). Sending you lots of love!

  6. Stacy Francois

    April 6th, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I was looking up information for the best smoothies for cancer. My mom is currently on chemo and I would love to know if there are any recipes that are the best for her especially for chemo days. She has had a rough round this time and sleeping so much. Please contact me to let me know. Thanks

  7. SGS Rawkstar

    April 7th, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    Thanks for reaching out! We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. Because everyone’s diagnosis and treatment is different we suggest you talk with your mom’s doctor about any health concerns— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for her on those tough chemo days.

    Sending so much love, hugs + healing vibes your mom’s way!

  8. Tracy

    June 9th, 2016 at 7:57 am

    How come no one has posted an recipes? The survival stories are a blessing but the recipes could help so many people.

  9. SGS Rawkstar

    June 9th, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Tracy!

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Since everybody is so different, we try to gravitate away from giving out recipes for specific medical conditions. We’ve found the best resource for helping you decide which fruits and veggies are best for you to blend at this time is your health care provider :).

  10. Gerard

    June 22nd, 2016 at 5:27 am

    About 11 months ago I myself was diagnosed with cancer – Lymphatic Leukemia. I have not been as proactive as Amanda and Matt have been and am uplifted by their testimony. I have not changed my life style. In fact, I have ignored this diagnosis and have done nothing to help myself. I have carried on like I don’t have it and have been (ignorantly) happy that I have not let this disease stop me. But lately I have been tired and drained and my doctors attribute that to my disease. So I can’t ignore it any longer and have decided to take a proactive role in my cure.

    I am up lifted by Amanda and Matt’s journey. And have started juicing. I am looking forward to renewed energy and a fresh outlook that is focused on the fight. Thank you for sharing. I am glad you won the competition.

  11. SGS Rawkstar

    June 22nd, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hi Gerard,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us :). So happy to hear that Matt + Amanda’s story was uplifting for you. They truly are an amazing couple and such an inspiration.

    We’re sending you lots of love during this time :).

  12. Don

    August 27th, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I read just diagnosed with stage a
    3 stomach cancer. I am inspired and would love info on the smoothies you and Matt user.


  13. SGS Rawkstar

    August 29th, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi Don,

    Sending you plenty of love + healing vibes! Here is one of the recipes Matt and Amanda would make…


  14. Ali

    December 1st, 2016 at 11:50 am

    My husband was recently just diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer. The thing is, is that his tumor actually migrated to his abdomen. It is pushing on his left kidney and is wrapped around his spine. The doctors have all said this cancer is highly treatable and responds best to chemo. He has just completed his first round of chemo and has four to go (hopefully) before it’s either eradicated altogether or can be removed. I am struggling with getting him to eat greens or healthy things in general. I related so much to this post because that’s all I do is try to help his cancer go away. Prayers sent your way. This was a very nice article.

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    December 2nd, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Hi Ali,

    Sending so much love and plenty of healing vibes your way! We’ll be keeping you and your husband in our thoughts. Thanks for reaching out + sharing your story.

  16. Andrea broadbank

    January 22nd, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Hi my name is Andrea (Andie I like to be called lol)

    I’m very interested in this as I too have always had a healthy lifestyle but sadlay was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in May 2014 having had intense Chemo for 5 weeks and Radiotherapy it has now spread firstly to my Skull .. had more Radiotherapy and now just a few days ago told it was now in my Brain
    I do want to beat this nasty horrible disease as I love my life so much so I am now trying hard to heal myself with alternative therapies I do believe having my green smoothies every day have definitely benefited me and helped massively .i remain still Strong and positive …PMA is the key to fighting it too so please all the people who are fighting and suffering
    Stay strong and do everything Natural if u can
    Good luck to all and keep on fighting
    Love n hugs
    Andie x

  17. SGS Rawkstar

    January 30th, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Hi Andrea,

    Sending so much love + plenty of healing vibes your way! You sound like a total rawkstar. Keep fighting! <3

  18. Teri Ehr

    January 3rd, 2018 at 3:52 am

    I would love to know a few of Amanda’s cancer fighting smoothie recipes!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    January 4th, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Teri,

    This is one of them here…


  20. Lynne Mazzo

    August 6th, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Hi God Bless all and we pray God will guide us to help each other restore our Heath Amen I just got breast cancer back again and I am so happy to find your story I am not taking any treatments just going alternative method Thank You

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 6th, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Lynne,

    I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. I pray that you find healing in your choice of treatment. You are a rawkstar and with God on your side we know you will make it through and be stronger than you ever were.

  22. KC

    August 21st, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Hello 🙂

    My dad was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. I found out last night and this morning I’m researching for the best green smoothies to help him. I remembered that I read this story a while ago. Incredible! Do you by any chance know how the couple is doing now?

    Very Encouraged,

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 22nd, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hey KC,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. That is so scary as his daughter to witness and go through. I am very happy this article encouraged you and hopefully assured you how much our foods have an impact on our lives. Last we heard from Matt and Amanda they were doing awesome!

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