Nutrition Three Ways with Smoothies

Three Ways with Smoothies

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From fresh fruits to leafy greens, this is the perfect season to bring smoothies back into rotation. With a little culinary creativity, there are endless ways you change up your favourite beverage. Here are three that pack plenty of nutrients along with fresh flavour profiles.

INGREDIENTS

  • Aloha Tropical Smoothie
  • 1 small banana cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chunks fresh or frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chunks fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) ginger
  • 2 to 3 tsp (10 to 15 mL) lime or lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • Honeydew, Avocado & Lemon Smoothie
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chunks honeydew melon
  • 1 small ripe avocado peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh mint or coriander
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) lemon or lime juice
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Chia Cherry Berry Smoothie
  • 2 cups (500 mL) fresh or frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) vanilla or lemon yogurt
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chia seeds or ground flaxseed

DIRECTIONS:
Aloha Tropical Smoothie

ONE: In a blender, combine fruit, milk and ginger. Purée until smooth. Add lime juice to taste and vanilla. Purée. Pour into 2 glasses; sprinkle with coconut.

Honeydew, Avocado & Lemon Smoothie

ONE: In a blender, combine melon, avocado, milk and mint. Purée until smooth. Add lemon juice and honey, if melon is not super sweet. Pour into 2 glasses.

Chia Cherry Berry Smoothie

ONE: In a blender combine fruit, milk, yogurt and chia. Purée until smooth. If using frozen fruit, you may need to thin with more milk or with orange juice. Pour into 2 glasses.

Recipes courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada.