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Health

Get In Shape For Women jump-starts your day with healthy smoothie recipes

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What’s the best way to get eat veggies if you don’t like them?

Shakes and smoothies are a great option to “hide” fruits, veggies that your body needs, but you just don’t like.

Store-bought smoothies can pack 400 calories into a cup. You can meet your daily goal of fruit and vegetable servings – and cut the calorie count in half – with a homemade option.

Fewer than a quarter of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables, despite the USDA’s recommendations of at least five servings per day of vegetables and four servings of fruit.

According to Get In Shape For Women, you can give your body an even healthier boost by adding chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut oil to the recipe!

Cooking Light offers these tips to making the perfect smoothie:

Adding ice first may cause you to over-blend, leaving you with a watery drink, so add the ice last.

Consider using a milk alternative to avoid dairy. Soy and rice milk have roughly the same calories as 1% milk, while unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk contains even fewer calories.

You can also blend your smoothies with water or coconut water to further reduce your sugar intake compared to using a fruit juice.

You can use frozen fruit, but don’t forget to use less ice in the recipe.

Try these recipes to jump-start your day:

Creamsicle Shake

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
4 oz Tropicana 50 orange juice (low sugar)
4 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 banana
4-5 ice cubes

Berries and Beets

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1/3 cup sliced, cooked beets

1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1 tsp light agave nectar

Peanut Butter Berry

1/3 cup 1% low-fat milk

1/2 medium ripe banana

1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1/2 cup crushed ice

Get In Shape For Women: 79 S. La Grange Rd. La Grange, IL 60525

(708) 557-7890 www.getinshapeforwomen.com