A Banana a Day Keeps the Clogs Away

The old saying goes, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”, but in this case, we want that tube clogging to go away! Potassium is essential micronutrients for our bodies and many adults and kids do not get enough of it in their blenderized tube feeds.

Banana Smile

Many peoples have the misconception that they need to add bananas for potassium in their blends, but other fruits and vegetables come in a rainbow of colors and can provide more potassium than a banana. Vegetables, such as purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, and avocados, make the tube feeding process easy because the food, and thus the blend, is bright and exciting, verses that super dull brown color (cue the beige meals memories from the school cafeteria).

Some of the best high potassium foods for blending include potatoes (of all colors), beets, spinach, kale (remove the stems), avocado, plantains, pomegranate, and black beans! When blending real foods, it is crucial to avoid any blockages, so for a liquid source of potassium try adding tomato juice, prune juice, citrus juices or pomegranate juice to thin your blend.

I did a little recipe experimentation myself, and while some attempts were successful, others were not. Good thing you cannot see my kitchen! To make the recipes you’re already using higher in potassium add the high potassium fruits and vegetable (listed above) in place of your current ones in similar groups. I group them by fruits, starchy vegetables, and non-starchy vegetables (AKA carbohydrates).

If you’re looking for a high potassium blenderized tube feeds recipes try one of these two. Both of these recipes are really great for kids, and are bright and colorful. I hope you and your family enjoy these blenderized recipes!

These recipes will make a few serving so pre-portion and freeze anything you have leftover after 48 hours to use at a later time!

Peanut Butter and Pear

Peanut Butter and Pear
This recipe contains a lot of fruits and vegetables, which added texture from the quinoa!

1 14 oz can coconut milk (or dairy, soy, etc)
1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked and cooled
2 pears, sliced
1 1/2 cups pineapple, diced
2 Tbsp. PB2 powdered peanut butter
1/2 flowering kale, cooked and cooled

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 295
Fat: 16 grams
Protein 17 grams
Carbohydrates: 46 grams
Fiber: 21 grams
Potassium: 3125 mg

 Peanut Butter and Pomegranate

1/2 14 oz can of coconut milk (or dairy, soy, etc)
1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice
1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked and cooled
2 pomegranate
2 1/2 cups cantaloupe, diced
2 Tbsp. PB2 powdered peanut butter
1/2 cup spinach, cooked and cooled

 Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 315
Fat: 16 grams
Protein: 18 grams
Carbohydrates: 37 grams
Fiber: 18 grams
Potassium: 3488 mg

PB 2

This is the PB2 mix I use, and this stuff is super versatile, and I honestly use it in everything! I bought mine at Walmart and I like the consistency and taste in smoothies and in these blenderized recipes too!

 

 

 

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