Most of us are either trying to set or stay healthy. Personally, this is my daily goal. Downloading apps has helped me learn to better count calories. But, I’ve discovered that nutrition is more than counting calories; it’s about making each calorie count. And dairy does it! Dairy foods (cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) pack a powerful nutrient punch with nine (9) essential nutrients, making them a healthy and delicious choice. You can’t go wrong with dairy.
Easy Steps to a Delicious Smoothie
In fact, in cow’s milk, there are 3 simple ingredients: milk, vitamin A and vitamin D. Plus, you get 8 grams of protein per glass of milk. That means you would have to drink 8 cups of almond milk to match the protein in just 1 cup of cow’s milk! Not to mention, when you purchase cow’s milk by the gallon, each glass only costs about a quarter. This means you are giving your family the nutrition they need, at a budget-friendly price. Two birds, one stone kind of deal, right?!
For those of thinking back to school with the kids, get the school year off to a smart start by putting the “moo” in smoothie! Smoothies made with milk are quick, simple, protein-packed, and portable—for even the pickiest of eaters in your house. Additionally, they are a nutrient-rich option that can include dairy, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, all blended in one tasty drink. In fact, in just 3 easy steps, you can be enjoying a delicious, nutritious smoothie!
- Gather your ingredients and supplies. Blender. Yogurt or milk. Fruit. Whatever you want to mix in.
- Combine all ingredients into the blender and mix until well blended.
- Serve and enjoy.
See how easy that was? Whether it’s grab-and-go on the way to the bus or gulped down for an after-school snack, smoothies give kids a satisfying boost of nutrition to power through the day —and homework! We used a peeled grapefruit (be sure to deseed ), 2 cups of fresh strawberries, ½ cup Greek yogurt, and a teaspoon of honey (optional) to make this yummy treat!
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
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