If you’re trying to lose weight, a blender can help you create low-calorie, filling entrees, beverages and desserts. Invest in a blender with a glass jar, if possible, as plastic blender jars are prone to stains and scratches. Look for a blender that comes with a food processor attachment, so you’ll have two appliances in one. Keep your blender jar free of crusty food particles by washing it in hot water and dish soap immediately after use and rinsing it clean.
Make soup. Puree cooked potatoes, leeks, carrots, squash or celery. Use as a base for thick, filling, low-calorie soups. To enhance flavor, add spices and other vegetables to soups rather than stirring in high-fat cream, milk or butter.
Make a smoothie. Combine fruit, nonfat plain yogurt or milk, ice cubes and a dash of honey. Blend to make filling, low-calorie smoothies. Drink at breakfast or lunch or as an afternoon snack.
Make sugar-free, salt-free peanut butter. Do this by placing 1 1/2 cups shelled, roasted peanuts and 1 tsp. peanut oil in the blender. Blend until the mixture reaches a paste-like consistency. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If oil rises to the top, stir before using. Eat peanut butter in moderation, as it is calorie-dense.
Make frozen yogurt. Combine nonfat plain yogurt, apple juice concentrate, frozen peaches or other fruit and honey. Place in the freezer until set.
Add to your milk or yogurt. Mix in soy protein powder to nonfat milk or yogurt and blend for an energy-filled breakfast or snack.
Make turkey or chicken salad. Chop roasted or baked turkey or chicken in your blender if it has a food-processor attachment. Combine with celery, raisins or dried cranberries, diced apples and low-fat mayonnaise or nonfat plain yogurt for a healthy, protein-packed lunch or dinner.
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