Satisfying smoothies can do more than just cool you down on a hot summer day. They can power you up, too.
Use these smoothie tips and recipes from the Nestle Test Kitchens for breakfast, an afternoon snack or a lunchtime refresher. They are convenient and tasty ways to boost your family's nutrition.
Smoothies power you up:
- Fruit juices -- orange, cranberry, other favorites -- provide antioxidants and essential vitamins we need daily.
- Milk -- specially fat-free evaporated milk -- delivers essential calcium and protein.
- Add-ins provide an extra punch of super-nutrition: -- Just a half cup of pumpkin, from the can, delivers great fiber and more than a day's worth of the antioxidant Vitamin A. -- Fresh fruit like banana, berries, peach, nectarine or mango add fiber and antioxidants. -- A spoonful of peanut butter adds protein and kid-approved flavor. Smoothies cool you down: If you've got teens or other family members who like to create their own chilled smoothies, use these tips to make smoothie blending quick and easy: -- Keep cans of fat-free evaporated milk in the fridge for "right now" chilled smoothies. -- Bananas, peaches or other fruit almost too-ripe-to-eat? Toss in the freezer for a future smoothie. -- Fill the freezer with light, low-fat and/or reduced-sugar ice cream -- in vanilla and other favorite flavors. HEAVENLY DREAM (Makes 6 servings 8 ounces each) 2 cups orange juice 2 cups ice cubes 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation fat-free evaporated milk ¼ cup granulated sugar to taste Place orange juice, ice cubes, evaporated milk and sugar in blender; cover. Blend until smooth Per serving: 110 calories; 0 calories from fat; 0g total fat; 0g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 75mg sodium; 24g carbohydrate; 0g fiber; 22g sugars; 4g protein, 70 percent Vitamin C; and 15 percent calcium PUMPED-UP CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE (Makes 2 servings 8 ounces each) 2 cups (4 large scoops) chocolate light ice cream 2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) Nestlé Carnation evaporated fat-free milk ½ cup Libby's 100 percent pure pumpkin Place ice cream, evaporated milk and pumpkin in blender and cover. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Per serving: 300 calories; 70 calories from fat; 7g total fat; 4g saturated fat; 40mg cholesterol; 180 mg sodium; 45g carbohydrate; 5g fiber; 33g sugars; 11g protein, 150 percent Vitamin A; 2 percent Vitamin C; and 20 percent calcium