Ask DJ Lyons: Make Fruit, Yogurt, & Flax Seed Surprise

Fruit, Yogurt, & Flax Seed Surprise

Fruit, Yogurt, & Flax Seed Surprise
Fruit, Yogurt, & Flax Seed Surprise | Source

Fruit, Yogurt, & Flax Seed Surprise

If you follow the Food Pyramid at all, most of us typically need 1 1/2 cups of fruit per day. We also need 3 cups of milk or milk products and 5 to 6 ounces of the category known as meat & beans. This dish fulfills part of all three of those requirements: 1 to 1/2 cups of fruit, 1/2 to 1 cup of dairy, and 1 ounce of the food counted as meat & beans. Therefore, this is not only delicious, it is very good for you as well.

Ninja Master Prep

Ninja Master Prep
Ninja Master Prep | Source

Ninja Master Prep

This is my Ninja Master Prep. It comes with a large-size pitcher and this small bowl. When chopping up 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fruit, I prefer to use the small bowl instead.

See double blades inside.

See double blades inside.
See double blades inside. | Source

See double blades inside.

Part of why this Ninja food chopper works so well is because it has double blades.

Freshly Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Fruit

Freshly Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Fruit
Freshly Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Fruit | Source

Freshly Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Fruit

One of the other beauties of the Ninja Master Prep is that it not only chops up ice and turns it to snow, it also chops up food the come straight from the freezer.

I love fruit. At most grocery stories, you can buy freshly frozen unsweetened fruit. In this dish, I like to use this mixed fruit mixture of peaches, strawberries, grapes, pitted dark sweet cherries, and pineapple. It is 60 calories per 3/4- cup serving.

Some other nutrition facts:
* 0 grams of fat
* 16 grams of carbohydrates
* 2 grams of dietary fiber
* 12 grams of natural sugars
* 1 gram of protein
* 4% Vitamin A
* 160 % Vitamin C
* 2% Iron

Red Raspberries Freshly Frozen Unsweetened

Red Raspberries Freshly Frozen Unsweetened
Red Raspberries Freshly Frozen Unsweetened | Source

Red Raspberries Freshly Frozen Unsweetened

I also like to add a few frozen raspberries as well. These are also sugar free.

I generally add 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup of fruit total.

Both kinds of ground flax seed. Choose one.

Both kinds of ground flax seed. Choose one.
Both kinds of ground flax seed. Choose one. | Source

Barleans's Organic Flax Seed

Barleans's Organic Flax Seed
Barleans's Organic Flax Seed | Source

Hodgson Mill Flax Seed

Hodgson Mill Flax Seed
Hodgson Mill Flax Seed | Source

Ground Flax Seed

Ground flax seed is really good for you. It counts as food from the meat & beans category from the Food Pyramid. One serving size is 2 tablespoons.

Here are two different types of ground flax seed. Both taste equally good.

Fat Free nonfat yogurt

Fat Free nonfat yogurt
Fat Free nonfat yogurt | Source

Fat Free nonfat yogurt

Use Plain Yogurt to cut down on the sugars. I purchase fat free nonfat yogurt.

Bottle Washer

Bottle Washer
Bottle Washer | Source

Bottle Washer

A bottle washer works great to clean out the little crevices of the Ninja Master Prep.

Step 1 - Add fruit to Ninja Chopper

Step 1 - Add fruit to Ninja Chopper
Step 1 - Add fruit to Ninja Chopper | Source

Step 1 - Add fruit to Ninja Chopper

Step 1 - Add fruit to Ninja Chopper. Use 1 to 1 1/2 cups.

Warning: If you use too much, you may have to chop up half the fruit at a time as the unit might jam up.

Step 2 - Place lid on Ninja Chopper

Step 2 - Place lid on Ninja Chopper
Step 2 - Place lid on Ninja Chopper | Source

Step 2 - Place lid on Ninja Chopper

Step 2 - Place lid on on the Ninja Chopper. Make certain it is on tight and locked into position.

Step 3 - Put pulser on top of Ninja Master Prep

Step 3 - Put pulser on top of Ninja Master Prep
Step 3 - Put pulser on top of Ninja Master Prep | Source

Step 3 - Put pulser on top of Ninja Master Prep

Step 3 - Put pulser on top of the Ninja Master Prep.

Step 4 - Pulse Pulse Pulse

Step 4 - Pulse Pulse Pulse
Step 4 - Pulse Pulse Pulse | Source

Step 4 - Pulse Pulse Pulse

Once the pulser is locked into position, pulse the fruit mixture.

Warning: Don't pulse more than 15 seconds at a time so that the unit will not get overheated. Several short, quick pulses work best.

Step 5 - Pulsed Fruit

Step 5 - Pulsed Fruit
Step 5 - Pulsed Fruit | Source

Step 5 - Pulsed Fruit

Here is the fruit all chopped up.

Step 6 - Take off lid. Here is the chopped fruit.

Step 6 - Take off lid. Here is the chopped fruit.
Step 6 - Take off lid. Here is the chopped fruit. | Source

Step 6 - Take off lid. Here is the chopped fruit.

After taking off the lid, you can see the chopped-up fruit.

Step 7 - Chopped fruit minus blades

Step 7 - Chopped fruit minus blades
Step 7 - Chopped fruit minus blades | Source

Step 7 - Chopped fruit minus blades

Take out the blades. Then you can use the container as a mixing bowl for your other two ingredients.

Step 8 - Add 2 tbsp flax seed to fruit

Step 8 - Add 2 tbsp flax seed to fruit
Step 8 - Add 2 tbsp flax seed to fruit | Source

Step 8 - Add 2 tbsp flax seed to fruit

Add two tablespoons of ground flax seed to the fruit mixture.

Step 9 - Here is the ground flax seed added to fruit

Step 9 - Here is the ground flax seed added to fruit
Step 9 - Here is the ground flax seed added to fruit | Source

Step 9 - Here is the ground flax seed added to fruit

This is what it looks like after the ground flax seed has been added to the fruit mixture.

Step 10 - Add 4 to 8 tbsp plain yogurt to fruit

Step 10 - Add 4 to 8 tbsp plain yogurt to fruit
Step 10 - Add 4 to 8 tbsp plain yogurt to fruit | Source

Step 10 - Add 4 to 8 tbsp plain yogurt to fruit

Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of plain yogurt to the fruit mixture.

Step 11 - Here is the yogurt added to fruit

Step 11 - Here is the yogurt added to fruit
Step 11 - Here is the yogurt added to fruit | Source

Step 11 - Here is the yogurt added to fruit

Here is what it looks like after adding the plain yogurt to the fruit mixture.

Step 12 - Stir well

Step 12 - Stir well
Step 12 - Stir well | Source

Step 12 - Stir well

Stir the mixture really well. Then it is ready to eat.

Here is the Fruit mixture ready to eat.

Here is the Fruit mixture ready to eat.
Here is the Fruit mixture ready to eat. | Source

Here is the Fruit mixture ready to eat.

Here is your Fruit, Yogurt, Flax Surprise all ready to eat. Enjoy! It is yummy!












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biancapaloma 5 years ago

I love all these ingredients but I never thought of putting them together! Great easy way to power up your body with nutrients thanks


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much for your comment. I have been working with a dietician. I had originally added 4 tbsp of flax seed based on the advice of a woman who worked at Health Barn (one of those health food stores). My dietician recommended I cut that back to the normal serving size of 2 tbsp. Also, when I first started making it, I added 1 full cup of plain yogurt. Since that made me feel like I needed to add sweetener, I realized that defeated the whole purpose of trying to limit my calories; therefore, I usually only add 4 to 5 tbsp of plain yogurt. This is now one of my favorite nourishing snacks.

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