Kick off your day with a nutritious smoothie - Metro US

Kick off your day with a nutritious smoothie

Smoothies are a quick, easy and nutritious way to start your morning. They are especially great for kids and picky, non-breakfast eaters.

When you are on the go each day, foods and nutrients you often lack in your diet are fruits, calcium, fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The answer in a glass is a smoothie, which can include all of these.

Most importantly, they contain antioxidants, which boost your immune system and may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Here are a couple of delicious and healthy smoothies. Experiment and make up your own. Keeping a variety of frozen fruits on hand is a great way to make these anytime of the year.

Peach smoothie
Serves 6
Calories: 105
Total fat: 1.4 g

• 1 cup low-fat milk
• 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
• 1 small ripe banana, sliced
• 3 cups sliced fresh or frozen peaches
• 2 Tbsp honey
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the milk, yogurt, banana, peaches, honey and vanilla in a blender and purée. Serve immediately.

Creamy cappuccino & banana smoothie
Serves 6
Calories: 108
Total fat: 1.0 g

• 1 cup cold chocolate milk (1%)(or soy milk)
• 1 cup low-fat coffee-flavored yogurt
• 1 medium-size ripe banana, sliced
• 2 Tbsp honey
• 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Combine the milk, yogurt, banana, honey and cocoa powder in a blender, and purée. Serve immediately.

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