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Cooking Light Smoothies & Snacks

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1 min

SAY GOOD-BYE TO SO-SO SMOOTHIES AND MINDLESS MUNCHING Think beyond bananas—smoothies are vessels for a myriad of tasty ingredients. In fact, these frosty beverages are a great way to add extra veggies, protein, and calcium to your diet. We’ve compiled our favorite recipes, from jewel-green drinks to decadent dessert-style sips to gorgeous smoothie bowls. Enjoy the smoothies on their own, or pair a smaller portion with our healthful snacks that make the most of good-for-you ingredients. Whether you’re craving crunchy, creamy, salty, or sweet, there’s a guilt-free munchie that’s ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up or lunch box treat. Cheers! The Editors…

7 min
smoothie basics

Top 5 Health Benefits of Smoothies 1. One smoothie can pack in multiple servings of fruit or vegetables (or both). 2. Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein are just a sip away. 3. Smoothies are totally customizable and easily altered to fit individual nutritional needs. Opt for fiber-rich raspberries or choose carrot juice for a dose of immune-boosting vitamin C. 4. Looking for a portable breakfast? Smoothies help you steer clear of the drive-thru and avoid that mid-morning slump. 5. Naturally sweet smoothies satisfy your sweet tooth. SIX SMOOTHIE DOs & DON’Ts With the right blend of ingredients, a smoothie can be a nutritional powerhouse—full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein. But a few misguided add-ins can leave you with a high-calorie, sugar-laden dessert that’s anything but the healthy drink you had envisioned. 1. DON’T: Throw everything…

9 min
rise & shine

1. Coffee Smoothie HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Instant espresso coffee powder gives this banana-based smoothie a jolt of caffeine. 1 tsp. instant espresso coffee powder1 Tbsp. hot water1 small banana, sliced and frozen¼ cup fat-free milk2 tsp. honey½ cup ice cubesGround cinnamon (optional) Place espresso powder and hot water in a blender; stir and let stand 1 minute. Add banana, milk, and honey; process until smooth. Gradually add ice; process until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately. SERVES 1 (serving size: 1¼ cups) CALORIES 157; FAT 0g (sat 0g, unsat 0g); PROTEIN 3g; CARB 38g; FIBER 3g; SUGARS 27g (added sugars 12g); SODIUM 28mg; CALC 6% DV; POTASSIUM 10% DV 2. Citrus Sunrise Smoothie HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Just one serving of this smoothie offers 100%…

7 min
go green

WHAT VEGETABLES WORK BEST IN SMOOTHIES? We’re glad you asked! Most vegetables blend beautifully and thicken drinks without adding too much extra sugar or calories. Start with those below and experiment with your favorite veggies. If you have a high-powered blender, process chopped raw vegetables with the rest of the ingredients. Otherwise, consider quickly cooking particularly tough veggies such as beets first to achieve optimal texture. Asparagus Beets Butternut squash Carrot Cauliflower Chard Cucumber Kale Spinach Sweet Potato Zucchini Asparagus is rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps detoxify and maintain a healthy immune system. Spring Green Smoothies HANDS-ON: 10 MIN. TOTAL: 15 MIN. Asparagus in a smoothie? Why not! Each glass provides a full serving of vegetables and 40% of daily potassium. 4 oz. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-in. pieces (½ cup)3 cups fresh baby spinach1 cup seedless green grapes2 ripe kiwis, peeled…

8 min
sweet treats

1. Cherry-Berry Smoothies HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Use up the remainder of your farmer’s market haul in this sweet morning treat. 1½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries or 1 cup frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries1 cup fresh raspberries1 cup 100% pomegranate juice½ cup fresh blueberries Place all ingredients in a blender; process until almost smooth. Serve immediately. SERVES 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 100; FAT 1g (sat 0g, unsat 0.5g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 24g; FIBER 4g; SUGARS 18g (added sugars 0g); SODIUM 7mg; CALC 2% DV; POTASSIUM 6% DV 2. Tahini-Date Shakes HANDS-ON: 10 MIN. TOTAL: 4 HR. 20 MIN. Nutty tahini and sweet dates make a great pair. Freezing the whole-milk yogurt creates a creamy dairy base that balances out the shake. 2 cups vanilla whole-milk yogurt (not Greek-style)1…

4 min

HOW HEALTHY IS DARK CHOCOLATE? If you’re craving something sweet, a small piece (1 to 2 ounces) of dark chocolate a few times a week is a healthy treat. Research suggests that dark chocolate may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes. This is thanks to cocoa’s high levels of flavonoids—plant-based antioxidants that protect the heart. To get the maximum flavonoid benefit, enjoy a square of dark chocolate that contains 60% cacao or higher and avoid those made with alkalized or Dutch-processed cocoa. CAROB VS. CHOCOLATE Carob is a naturally sweet, low-fat, caffeine-free, high-fiber substitute for chocolate. It doesn’t taste exactly like chocolate (it has a mild, nutty flavor), but those who avoid or limit caffeine find it a handy replacement. Chocolate-Avocado Shakes HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Avocado makes…