Not much tastes better on a steamy summer day than a smoothie. Plus, you won’t be sippin’ empty calories, you’ll be sippin’ substance. When made with milk and fruit, smoothies pack a nutrient punch.
Milk boasts nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin and vitamins A, D and B12. In fact, milk offers three of the four nutrients children and adults are often missing, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The four “nutrients of concern” are calcium, potassium, vitamin D and fiber.
Whip up a smoothie with milk and fruit and youâll get all four of these needed nutrients. Milk contains calcium, potassium and vitamin D (plus more) and fruit contains fiber (plus more).
Smoothies contain calories, so be wise with portion size so you don’t overdo. Try these tips to lessen the calorie load:
- Choose a smaller size
- Order without added sugar or other sweeteners (the fruit or fruit juice makes it sweet)
- Prepare or order milk-
based smoothies using fat- free or low- fat milk.
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