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Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for modified food starch in the yogurt.

 

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-Lewis Carroll, Writer

The refrigerator light goes on...

A smoothie can make a great breakfast if you're on the run and only have a few seconds. Use a base of non-fat yogurt for a good protein source and a lot of fruit for good carbs and fiber. I like using papaya or mango juice because they gives a good thick texture and are easy on the stomach.

Stick Blender

You can use a traditional blender for soups but a stick blender will make life so much easier for you. Some manufacturers call this an immersion blender because the head of the blender is immersed in whatever you wish to blend. The one caution is to wait for hot recipes, such as soup, to cool a bit before blending.

Place the bottom of the blender against the bottom of the pot or bowl. This actually forms a slight suction and foods will tend to splash less. If I know I am going to use my stick blender, I try to use a pot or bowl with higher sides to reduce any spatter.

This is one of my favorite kitchen tools. The one I have has a lot of attachments, and while the important one is the blender itself, I do use the mini food processor attachment that came with mine almost as much as the blender itself. It is perfect for dressings and spreads, such as pesto, where clean up of a food processor or blender would be a hassle.


 

Healthy Tropical Melon Smoothie



Servings = 1 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 cups

Cooking Time = 15 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This doesn’t keep well.

1/2 cup non-fat yogurt
6 ounces cantaloupe
1/2 banana
1/3 cup mango or papaya juice

Place the yogurt, melon, banana and papaya juice in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 cups

Servings = 1

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 215 Calories from Fat 6
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0g 1%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
    Sugars 39g  
Protein 9g  
Vitamin A 78% Vitamin C 96%
Calcium 28% Iron 5%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 790 mg
Magnesium 54 mg