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June 8, 2015
3 Simply Smart Smoothies We Love

3 Simply Smart Smoothies We Love

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

Smoothies are often a mixture of  some fruit, added sugar and little else, but they have far more potential. Smoothies are so versatile that it’s possible to pack in good nutrition and satisfy your sweet tooth without doing damage to your waistline.

Drink to your bones when you include a source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D, such as Simply Smart Milk. The protein in milk, and in Greek yogurt, keeps you fuller for longer. So does fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  

We’ve combined protein with produce for three creamy and delicious drinks that supply at least 30% of your daily need for bone-building calcium and vitamin D, and much more.  Our better-for-you beverages taste great while doing your body good. Enjoy them as a snack or part of a meal! 

Simply Smart Very Berry Avocado Smoothie

You want to go green, but can’t bear the thought of gulping pulverized spinach or kale. Avocado blends so well with berries that you won’t even know it’s there! Avocados are bursting with nearly 20 nutrients that support health and they contribute to the 13 grams of fiber in this drink.  At 318 calories, this smoothie serves up 1 ½ servings of daily fruits and vegetables.  Use a mixture of different berries for a change.  

Simply Smart Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Need a healthy chocolate fix? Sip on this smoothie to keep your energy up or to recover after working out. With 452 calories, 17 grams of protein, seven grams of fiber, and a serving of fruit, you could call this drink a meal.  Almonds, a source of heart-healthy fat, also contain vitamin E to protect cells from damage, magnesium to promote bone health, and many more nutrients. 

Simply Smart Strawberry Chia Smoothie

Chia seeds supply omega-3 fats, fiber, and protein, and they help to thicken liquids. At just 248 calories, this beverage boasts 15 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber (about 30% of your daily needs).  Plus, you get two out of the five minimum servings of fruits and vegetables you need for the day, and a full day’s worth of vitamin C. 

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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