Blender Diet Recipes

By Nadia Haris
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Your blender can be a convenient tool to help you get the right nutrition every day. Drinking appetizing smoothies that contain the right ingredients can help you keep unhealthy food cravings at bay. As part of your daily balanced diet, nutrient-rich smoothies can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Blend up a balanced meal in a glass for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Complete Meal Smoothies

Blending together the right combination of ingredients can give you a complete low-fat meal that has all the nutrients your body needs. A diet plan that leaves you feeling hungry or low on energy is unhealthy and won't work. Harvard Medical School advises that most adults should receive about 60 grams of protein per day. You also need healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber per day.

Breakfast Yogurt Smoothie

Low-fat yogurt is a healthy way to add protein, calcium and probiotics to your daily diet. Add yogurt to your breakfast smoothie by blending together low-fat yogurt, water, a banana, a spoonful of low-fat peanut-butter and ground flaxseed. This combination gives you a filling low-fat breakfast. A cup -- 245 grams -- of low-fat yogurt contains 12.86 grams of proteins, 3.8 grams of total fat and 448 milligrams of calcium. A teaspoon of ground flaxseed adds 0.7 grams of fiber, while a small banana contains 362 milligrams of potassium in addition to fiber and carbohydrates.

Berry Smoothie

Make a lunchtime fruit and almond smoothie by combining water, almond paste and your favorite berries and other fruit. Just an ounce of almond paste provides 1.4 grams of fiber and 2.55 grams of protein. Add blueberries, strawberries or raspberries for a rich dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Raspberries are high in fiber with 8 grams per cup. Flavor with a pinch of cinnamon powder, if desired.

Green Avocado Blend

Avocados are a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, vitamin K and several minerals. Add an avocado to a fresh green smoothie that gives you adequate protein, fats, fiber and nutrients. Blend together yogurt, water and leafy greens such as spinach, parsley and baby kale. Add berries or fruit if desired.

About the Author

Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.