Summer calls for sunshine and something refreshing – such as a smoothie! Creating a nutritional drink from fruit, fruit juices and dairy foods (such as yogurt) is fast and as easy as the touch of a button on a blender.
Smoothies are great for those going through treatment, as cold beverages can be soothing, easy to tolerate and are a great source of much-needed nutrition. Getting the additional protein, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, B vitamins and fiber this smoothie provides can be a boost toward feeling better!
Want additional protein? Substitute Greek yogurt. You may also add whey protein powder that can be found at the grocery store.
Using a nutritional supplement drink (Boost, Ensure, etc.) in place of yogurt adds calories, protein and vitamins and minerals. (You may want to increase the amount of frozen strawberries to get the consistency you like.)
Frozen strawberries usually are available at grocery stores, or you can freeze some yourself!
Try this smoothie to get some great nutrition with a sweet and tart taste. This recipe is low-calorie but packed with nutrition.
1 cup orange juice
1 cup cut-up cantaloupe
1 carton (8 oz.) nonfat plain yogurt
1 bag (10 oz.) frozen, unsweetened strawberries
In blender, puree orange juice with cantaloupe. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 93 calories, <1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 40 mg sodium.