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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Are you trying to eat healthier and exercise more, but having a hard time getting
the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Or maybe you are having a
hard time getting the recommended servings of milk a day.
A smoothie may be the answer. They have become a popular beverage for any time of
day. Made by blending fruit with yogurt, milk or ice cream, they provide you with
servings from both the fruit and milk group.
Smoothies can also provide protein, vitamins, minerals and cancer fighting phytochemicals
As an added bonus, they are great for a quick breakfast, a healthy lunch or a refreshing
Smoothies are so easy and quick to prepare that you will no longer have the excuse
that you didn’t have time to eat breakfast, or have a snack. All that you need is
a blender and two or three of your favorite fruits. Then add a splash of milk, yogurt,
soy milk, silken tofu, fruit juice or ice. Blend until smooth and you have a healthy,
refreshing beverage that can serve as a meal.
When making smoothies, try these tips:
Get creative and add other wholesome additions to make your smoothie even healthier
and taste even better. Try adding a topping to your smoothie with a tablespoon or
two of wheat germ or granola. You are adding valuable fiber, folate, and the antioxidant
For more information, contact the Miller County Extension Office, 870-779-3609 or
visit us in room 215 at the Miller County Courthouse. We're online at email@example.com,
on Facebook at UAEXMillerCountyFCS, on Twitter @MillerCountyFCS or on the web at uaex.uada.edu/Miller.
Here is a quick recipe that is colorful, provides you with servings from the milk
and fruit group.
Favorite Berry Smoothie
1 ripe medium banana
¾ cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc)
¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
¾ cup skim milk
Pinch of cinnamon
½ cup crushed ice
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
By Carla Due County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension
ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Carla Due County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854
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