Nutrition Packed Snacks: Smoothies

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Looking for a new snack to try? What about smoothies?

Not only are smoothies cold and delicious but they are also packed with essential nutrients and fiber that aid in athletic performance. The American Heart Association states that for a daily diet of 1,600 calories, four servings of vegetables and four servings of fruit should be consumed per day.

 

Adding more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, in addition to exercise can help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease later in life. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, but high in many nutrients that are essential for optimal health.

 

Let’s see how easy it is to get some of these requirements in just one smoothie per day.

Smoothies to try:

 

Green Machine Smoothie

  • 1 cup Kale

  • ½ cucumber or celery stalk

  • ½ cup Frozen Mango

  • ½ frozen banana

  • ½ cup high pulp orange juice (high pulp adds extra fiber)

Berry Delicious

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)

  • ½ frozen banana

  • 1 cup favorite fruit juice (cranberry & blueberry are good choices)  

  • 1 medium carrot* optional

 

Strawberry Banana Bonanza 

  • 1 cup strawberries

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 cup of non-fat greek yogurt or ½ cup milk

  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter for extra flavor* optional

 

*These recipes are original and have been tested *

References: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Suggested-Servings-from-Each-Food-Group_UCM_318186_Article.jsp

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html

 

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