Smoothies are taking America by storm as one of the healthiest energy drinks that are both simple to make and packed with nutrients!
What could be better than cooling down with an ice-cold fruit smoothie? These creamy shakes are perfect for a quick breakfast, a healthy lunch, or a refreshing mid-afternoon snack. At any time of day, a smoothie can help you meet your fruit quota for the day!
Smoothies can also provide protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals plus cancer-protective phytochemicals and antioxidants! What a great way to get nutrition into your family.
So here's to drinking for energy and health with a list of smoothie recipes you "just gotta try" on your family.
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Whole Food Smoothie Mix
Many nutritionists recommend smoothies as an easy way to boost intake of particular nutrients, by offering sip-able servings of the food groups for strong bones and good health.
As your family dietitian, my top pick is a whole foods powder mix which can be used as an ingredient in your favorite smoothie recipe or as a meal replacement beverage.
is the next best thing to eating fruits and vegetables. Of course, there is no substitute for eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. But because most people simply can't, don't, or won't, Juice Plus+® helps fill that gap.
Smoothie Basics 101
Smooth Starts: Combine and create your own original smoothie.
Start with: 1 cup milk or 1 cup yogurt
Fruit: How about creating your own "cool smoothie" using 2 or 3 of your favorite fruits: try banana chunks, strawberries, raspberries, melon cubes, oranges, sliced peaches, pineapples, kiwi, papayas or mangoes....any combination of fresh, frozen or canned fruit. Frozen fruits add a nice, thick consistency.
Flavorings: Vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa, malt powder like Ovaltine
Sweetners: Honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit spread
Protein: Powered milk, cottage cheese, peanut butter or add a splash of yogurt, milk, soy milk, or silken tofu. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
OR MORE TIPS TO TRY: *You can replace fresh fruit with unsweetened frozen fruit or canned fruit (packed in juice).
*When using ice, crush cubes so they are smaller than fruit pieces.
*A blender will provide a smoother consistency than a food processor.
And even more wholesome additions:
1. Wheat germ is an excellent source of fiber, folate and the antioxidant vitamin E. Top smoothie with one to two tablespoons.
2. Roasted or toasted nuts can provide extra protein. Add one tablespoon.
3. Soy milk is rich in isoflavones, phytochemicals that may protect against certain cancers. Soy provides your body with top quality protein, and includes all the essential amino acids. In fact, soy protein is equivalent to the protein in meat, milk, and eggs. Soy protein has been show to decrease risk of heart disease.
Soybeans and many foods made with soy, contain a number of naturally occurring compounds that are beneficial to our health. These include antioxidants known as isoflavones. Isoflavones may provide long-term benefits such as maintaining and even improving lifelong bone health and helping to protect us against certain forms of cancer.Use in place of yogurt or milk.
4. Nonfat dry milk powder is an excellent source of fat-free, high-quality protein. Add two to four tablespoons.
5. Ground flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and artery health and may protect against cancer. Add one to two tablespoons.
Juicer vs. Blender
The difference between a juicer and a blender is that with a juicer you retain all the juice from a fruit or vegetable without all the fiber.
This enables you to get a more concentrated number of vitamins. For example, you can juice five apples and get just the concentrated amount of vitamins from them, where if you were to blend five apples, you would get all the fiber too.
The average price of juicers is between $200 and $300 while blenders range from $20 to $200.
Spring & Summer Sizzle With Smoothies
There's a smoothie for every season and every reason according to Beth Meyer, from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council.
A takeoff on the classic milkshake, these trendy drinks generally feature a combination of milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruits blended together.
"In fact, it's hard to find a smoothie that isn't good for you," says registered dietitian, Barbara Baron. "Just look at the ingredients, milk, fruit, and yogurt. Especially in the spring and summer when temperatures climb and appetites wane, making smoothies an easy and light meal replacement."
Get your blender spinnning with the following recipe provided from the 3 A Day website.
Berry Blast Smoothie
Makes 2 servings.
Recipe courtesy of the American Dairy Association.
1 cup of frozen raspberries
2 (6 ounces) containers fat-free blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 Tablespoon unsalted, natural almond butter
1 Tablespoon honey
In a blender, add frozen raspberries, yogurt, milk, almond butter and honey. Cover and puree until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.
Since store-bought smoothies are so pricey......Buy Your Own Blender.
What's the best way to save five bucks and whip up a smoothie at home that you can take to go?
As your family dietitian, I recommend four of my favorite Waring blenders that will help you make great smoothies!
We use the commercial Waring Blenders non-stop with Smoothies on Wheels smoothie making and have never been disappointed!
Waring was the first blender used to make smoothies back in the 50's..read more at this link of 'history of smoothies'.