Smoothies: Convenient, Nutritious, & Delicious!

— Written By Making Smoothies Class Announced

We know that we need to add more fruits and vegetables into our diet, but we’re not always in the mood to heat up the oven or stovetop. A blended smoothie is an ideal quick and easy meal option that adds a healthful boost of nutrition to your diet. Plus, they’re delicious!

It can be tempting to grab one of those smoothie-style drinks in the grocery store, thinking you’re making a smart food choice. But look carefully at that label. Many of the popular options in your grocery aisle are loaded with calories and added sugars. Plus, they’re often stripped of the wonderful fiber you get from fresh vegetables–liquid calories just don’t curb the appetite the way solid ones do.

The good news is that making your own fresh and fiber-filled version is so fast and simple. Save this fun smoothie recipe to try for your next quick breakfast or snack option. THEN, join Family and Consumer Sciences agent Jimmi Buell at The Meeting Place on June 10 as she teaches a class on:

  • The nutritional value of smoothies
  • How to incorporate protein into your smoothie recipes
  • Ideal fruit and veggie options for smoothies
  • Smoothie samples will be available, too!

For questions about the class, call 828-894-8218 or email Jimmi.


Apple Kale Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large apple, chopped
  • 1/2 banana, chopped and frozen
  • A few large leaves of kale, ribs, and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • handful of ice, if desired

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until a smooth consistency is reached. 

Nutrition Information per Serving:

  • Serving Size: 1½ cups
  • Calories: 188 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 44 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 28 mg

Recipe courtesy of Belle of the Kitchen