Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a quick meal or snack. Incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to enhance vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber intake. Adding protein powder, chia seeds, nuts and/or flaxseed makes a smoothie into a meal with healthy sources of fat and protein. You could even substitute milk, yogurt or a non-dairy milk to increase calcium in place of water or juice in your smoothie. How to Create a Smoothie
One thing to take into consideration with your smoothies is if you are gaining weight. It’s easy to get more calories than we need in a day if we drink our calories than if we eat our calories by drinking them. To see daily recommendations for fruits, vegetables and other food groups visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.