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A Regular Breakfast Shake

Does your busy schedule occasionally upset your digestive tract? Sure, you’ve seen those TV commercials about probiotics, but have you priced any of those products? I have. According to Dr. Oz (and countless other medical and nutritional authorities), you’re dollars ahead if you follow Grandma’s advice and eat your prunes.

You don’t like the taste of prunes? I certainly don’t. But here’s a suggestion: hide them in your fruit smoothies. I add 5 (one serving, according to the package) prunes to the following recipe, which serves 2. Tastes sweet and keeps your plumbing running smooth, too.


Breakfast Shake


1 cup milk or soy milk
1 orange, quartered and peeled
1 apple, quartered and cored
5 prunes
1 cup frozen peaches or assorted frozen fruit


Add ingedients in the oder in which they are listed to the Vitamix container. Secure lid. Set to Variable Speed 1 and turn on the machine. Gradually increase to Speed 10 then flip switch to High. Process for 1 minutes.

Makes 2 servings.

No added sweetener is necessary because the prunes are very sweet. If prunes still are a turn off for you, think of them as dried plums. 🙂

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Meal Replacement Drinks

I got this idea from the Vita-Mix website while watching a demo video for a green smoothie. Here is my recipe for a meal replacement shake. It provides a serving of dairy protein, a serving of vegetables, and two servings of fruit in each shake.


Meal Replacement Drink

Serves 2


1 cup skim milk

¼ cup nonfat dry milk

¼ cup Splenda® or other sugar-free sweetener

½ tsp. Vanilla extract

dash nutmeg

1 orange, peeled

1 apple, cored and quartered

1 cup frozen mixed fruit (I use a peaches, pineapple tidbits, strawberries, and melon mix)

1 cup frozen spinach

Add ingredients to the Vita-mix container in the order listed. Start on Low then gradually flip switch to the High setting. Blend for approximately 90 seconds or until fully blended. Pour into two large glasses and drink immediately.

Ignore the icky green color. This smoothie is delicious, nutritious, and filling.  You can experiment with variations by adding carrots or cabbage combined with other fruits.  I recommend always including an apple and an orange for balanced nutrition.

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