Do you have a blender and some fruit? Add a few other key ingredients and you have everything you need for a nutritious and tasty breakfast, lunch, or afternoon pick-me-up. Smoothies can contain just about anything you have on hand in the pantry and refrigerator and can be an excellent way to get the nutrients and protein you need, without adding a lot of extra unwanted calories to your diet. Summer fruits are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, plus they taste delicious when mixed with a bit of yogurt and ice cubes. However, no matter what time of the year, it's easy to whip up some smoothies with whatever is in season.
Prune and Soy Milk Smoothie
Benefits: High in fiber and high in antioxidants.
Blend together 5-7 pitted prunes, 1 banana, ice cubes, and enough soy milk for the desired consistency. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.
Note: If you prefer organic milk or rice milk, these would be fine to use as well.
Other additions could be ground flax seed or a dash of honey.
Blueberry and Orange Juice Smoothie
Benefits: Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants that are known to help fight cancer and heart disease.
In a blender, mix orange juice, plain yogurt, washed and stemmed blueberries, and a dash of honey to taste.
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