March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
Kids love smoothies! Jazz up this Blue Banana Smoothie with your favorite nutrition-enhancing "boosts."
8 ounces milk (use your favorite such as fat-free, low-fat, reduced-fat, almond, soy)
½ cup frozen banana slices
½ cup frozen blueberries
Optional Boosts (Choose 1 or More)
1 cup fresh baby spinach
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
¼ cup oatmeal
1 to 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Honey, to taste
Cinnamon, to taste
- In blender, puree everything until smooth. Serve immediately.
- The frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture. Add water if you want a thinner consistency or add ice if you want it even thicker.
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Calories: 190; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 105mg; Total Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 27g; Protein: 10g