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Healthy Smoothie Ideas

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE, Dietitian, The Valley Hospital

Smoothies can be a delicious and healthy part of your food plan. Include the ingredients below to boost your phytonutrient, protein, omega 3 and fiber intake. 
 
Combine ingredients in the order listed below and blend to desired consistency. 
 
Base liquid: 4 to 6 ounces
Brewed and cooled tea, green or an herbal tea
 
Juices (optional): 2 to 4 ounces
100% fruit juices, try cranberry, orange, dark cherry, pomegranate
 
Fruit
½ cup of unsweetened fruit, try apple, berries, banana, mango,  melon, peach, pear, pineapple
 
Vegetables
1-2 cups of leafy greens or other vegetables of your choice
 
Protein
Choose one:  Unsweetened protein powder (1 scoop), nut butter (1 Tbsp.), yogurt or kefir (1/2 cup)
 
Flax seeds
Add 1 to 2 Tbsp. of ground flax seeds to the blender
 
Ice
Add ¼ cup to the blender if you prefer your smoothie cold

Enjoy!

If you are interested in meeting with a nutrition coach to learn more about a wide range of personalized services including menu planning, refrigerator makeovers, supermarket shopping, advice about what to order in restaurants, personal chef referrals, lunch box ideas, collaborative cooking instruction and recipes, please contact Joe Juliano, DTR, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, The Valley Hospital, at 201-447-8093 or jjulian@valleyhealth.com.

The above smoothie ideas were inspired by The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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