This month I’ve started the New Year with an emphasis on adding color to your diet with fruits and vegetables. Smoothies made with a colorful variety of fruit (and even vegetables) are another easy and tasty way to get the extra nutrients and antioxidants available from these foods. Smoothies can also provide protein when made with ingredients like yogurt, milk, soymilk, and nut butters (e.g., almond and peanut).
Smoothies are delicious for breakfast or snack time. They are also great for pre-game when time is tight. Just yesterday, my son’s 7th grade basketball team enjoyed smoothies before their season finale double-header.
The team enjoyed smoothies from a Dannon Fruit Smoothie recipe:
Pick one or two juices: Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Apple
Pick one or two fruits: Peaches, Blueberries, Strawberries, Banana
Follow these steps: 1 cup low fat yogurt (plain, flavored or fruited), 1/2 cup juice (or skim milk), 1/2 cup diced fruit (fresh, canned, or frozen), 1/2 cup ice cubes (or less if frozen fruit is used). Blend together on ‘High’ for 1 minute until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, add a straw and ENJOY!!
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Please share it!