It's that time again!
March is National Nutrition Month® is a national nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Each year, there has been a theme of some sort, but this year is a bit different. For 2019, the Academy wanted to be its own theme to promote greater flexibility in the promotion of healpful messages.
One of my favorite outreaches this year is keeping meals simple. Simple does not mean flavorless! In fact, our blog was renamed Simple Tasty Health so that everything you read here will have that in mind.
To Smoothie or Not to Smoothie? That is the question.
We are often asked about whether smoothies are "healthy." Although I have been quoted on record that I'd rather folks eat their food over drinking them, I understand the convenience of a smoothie for a life on the run.
And, there is some evidence to show that a liquid protein beverage may decrease muscle soreness and increase muscle building faster than a plate of whole food following a workout.
The key with a smoothie is to make a concoction that you would be able to eat if given to you in whole form. If you don't normally eat 3 cups of fruit with milk, yogurt, chia seeds and peanut butter then I wouldn't recommend blending it all in a smoothie unless you are trying to build and gain.
Here is my super simple banana smoothie that I make on mornings following a workout and I'm trying to get out the door to the office. This is so easy to sip on along with a whole grain English muffin while I'm navigating traffic in my 15 minute commute.
Angela's Super Simple Smoothie
1 cup milk
1/2 cup kefir
1/2 medium ripe banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon
handful of ice
Combine all the ingredient into your blender and blend until smooth.
Here are the brands I used; Lactaid 2% milk (I'm lactose intolerant and love the flavor or some milkfat), Lifeway plan unsweetened kefir and Orgain plant-based protein powder. This is NOT an endorsement for any of these brands and I have not been compensated for this post. Feel free to use your favorite ones! I'm a fan of whey protein, too.
For more free tips, resources and coloring pages for kids, visit the National Nutrition Month website.
Cheers of good health to you and yours this National Nutrition Month!
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