SIMPLIFY!! Food and eating doesn't have to be so complicated. I'm no different than individuals I work with who are always looking for ways to simplify life. For me, planning healthy and simple snack and meal ideas is key to my success. I love all kinds of food and enjoy experimenting with new, trendy foods (when I have time), but when it comes right down to it, I need good nutrition options that are convenient, easy, yummy and cheap! With one of my top values being my health, it's easy to see why this month's recipe makes a great breakfast or snack idea. Not only is it easy to make and delicious, it provides you with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and other important nutrients that keep you full and satisfied. The recipe speaks for itself, but if you need a little convincing, read on.
Peak season for strawberries is right around the corner, but frozen berries are often cheaper and available year round. Strawberries are not only a great source of vitamin C (1 cup = 113% of recommended daily intake), they also contain the 3rd highest amount of antioxidants, per 3 1/2 ounce serving, compared to any other spice, seasoning, fruit or vegetable consumed in the U.S. Strawberries are also a well tolerated fruit for individuals struggling with IBS symptoms, given the higher glucose to fructose ratio. A final benefit is that frozen strawberries are generally less expensive, convenient, and hold their nutrient content longer than fresh.
Mixing 1 cup of frozen berries with whey protein powder and milk, provides a great balance of easily absorbed protein, along with calcium and vitamin D. This is surely a great snack to give you energy, keep you satisfied, and stay within your budget!
STRAWBERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
1/4 cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (2 scoops or 23 grams depending on your brand)
OR 1 packet of Vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup skim milk
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (If using fresh, I add 1/2 cup crushed ice)
Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Val Schonberg is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, disease