Try muffins for a quick breakfast

Chocolate chip banana muffins are delicious and healthy.

Nutritional information (per serving, one muffin):

Calories: 268, Carbohydrates: 46 grams, Protein: 4 grams, Sodium: 238 milligrams

Cream cheese frosting

½ cup unsalted butter

1 pound powdered sugar

1 package cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup coconut (optional)

Cream butter and sugar; add cream cheese and vanilla; stir in coconut last. This makes a lot of frosting you can freeze for future muffins.

Nutritional information:

With coconut:

Calories: 99, Carbohydrates: 14 grams, Protein: 1 gram, Sodium: 27 milligrams

Without coconut:

Calories: 89, Carbohydrates: 13 grams, Protein: 0 gram, Sodium: 27 milligrams

The recipes in this column are meant for people who want to keep their kidneys healthy and blood pressure down by following a low-sodium diet. In most cases, except for dialysis patients, a diet high in potassium is thought to help lower high blood pressure. These recipes are not intended for people on dialysis without the supervision of a registered dietitian.

[Katy G. Wilkens is a registered dietitian and department head at Northwest Kidney Centers. A recipient of the Susan Knapp Excellence in Education Award from the National Kidney Foundation Council on Renal Nutrition, she has a Master of Science degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington. See more of her recipes at www.nwkidney.org.]