Blueberry smoothie

If you are skipping breakfast, aside from dragging in the morning, you may be missing some essential nutrients. Here’s an idea so you don’t derail your New Year’s Resolution to eat more healthy: A smoothie recipe that’s good for you, tastes delish and keeps your bladder happy. But remember, a dietitian’s taste buds may be a little more sugar sensitive, so feel free to add another teaspoon or so of honey if it isn’t sweet enough for you. Don’t worry, honey is only 20 calories per teaspoon.

BLUEBERRY BLAST

Yields: 2 servings

1 cup lowfat milk or almond milk (8 grams protein in a cup of milk, 1 gram protein in a cup of almond milk)
1/2 cup Greek style plain yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 teaspoons honey to taste (optional if using vanilla yogurt or sweetened almond milk)
1 cup baby spinach or kale, stems removed, washed, dried and chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or if you tolerate bananas: 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 ripe banana, sliced
1/4 cup quick cooking oats (you can use old fashioned, just may need to blend longer)
1/4 avocado (optional) added if you don’t tolerate or like bananas

Place 1/2 of all ingredients into a blender. Cover and blend a minute until creamy and smooth. Repeat for the second serving. Serve immediately in a 16 oz glass or freeze in a freezer safe container with a lid and leave 1 inch of space for expansion. Or cover and refrigerate for the next day.

Growing teens and athletes can add nut butter and whey protein powder (may be IC safe for some). If you want to avoid the vitamin C in protein powders that can be an IC irritant, but you want extra protein, dry, non-fat milk powder adds 3 grams protein and 25 calories per tablespoon. Garnish with fresh mint leaf or coconut if desired.
Roughly: 200 calories, 30 grams carb and 18 grams protein per 1/2 recipe

Adapted from Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 2 slices)

 

Ingredients

All-purpose flour and cornmeal

1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, room temperature

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 jumbo onion, halved and thinly sliced (if tolerated) or substitute cloves roasted sliced garlic

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper (if tolerated)

10 ounce fresh chopped spinach

3 tablespoons feta cheese

 

Directions

1. Place an oven rack on lowest position and preheat to 500°F.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14-inch round. Generously sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. Place dough on sheet. Bake until crisp, about 12 minutes.

3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add onion (or garlic), salt and pepper (if tolerated). Cook, stirring, until golden. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook on low until soft. Stir in spinach; spoon on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Crumble cheese on top.

4. Bake for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices. Serve.

Adapted to be IC Diet Friendly by Elizabeth Braun, MS, RD from: http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000127153,00.html

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked brown rice, divided
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 sweet onion, chopped
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup pure sour cream
1 cup finely chopped spinach (packed) May use fresh or well-drained frozen spinach
1 cup grated Swiss or cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Spoon half the rice into shallow 2-quart greased baking dish. Melt butter in large skillet. Add onion, mushrooms and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until onions are soft but not brown. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Spread mixture over rice. Cover with spinach. Top with remaining rice; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.