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June 25, 2014

Summer Smoothies

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

By Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Love smoothies? Here are three smoothies to keep you sipping smart all day long! 

Start the Day Off Right Smoothie 

This smoothie is the perfect way to power up before a long day of summertime fun! It features protein and fiber to keep you fuller for longer and makes it possible to sip one of the three suggested daily servings of whole grains.  

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie
Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup Hood® Orange 100% Orange Juice 
1/2 cup Hood® Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 medium banana
1 cup frozen strawberries 
¼ cup uncooked quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon sugar, or sweetener of your choice

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor for 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

Healthy Snack Time Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Your energy levels are flagging but you don't want a plain cup of Joe.  Perk up with this coffee concoction and get a serving of fruit and a healthy portion of protein in the bargain. 

Coffee Banana Protein Sipper
Makes 1 serving

¼ cup cold coffee, regular or decaffeinated
½ teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules (optional)
½ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons Hood® Milk
1 medium banana
3 ice cubes*
1 teaspoon sugar, or sweetener of your choice

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor for 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

*Make it Mocha: Fill an ice cube tray with Hood® Chocolate Milk . Freeze overnight and use chocolate milk ice cubes instead of plain in your smoothie.

Dessert Smoothie

Include summer fruit into your eating plan with this delicious Blueberry Blast Smoothie . It's packed with powerful plant compounds to protect your cells, and fiber and protein to keep you full, and keep your hand out of the cookie jar after dinner! 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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