Smoothies are a great warm-weather treat. They are also a good way to get in a healthy breakfast on the go. But the nutritional value depends on what you put in the blender.
These recipe tweaks can give your smoothies an easy, healthful kick:
* Use fresh in-season or frozen fruit for sweetness. Don't add extra sugar or honey.
* For a thick smoothie, add silken tofu in place of ice cream.
* For a frothy smoothie, add a teaspoon or two of dry non-fat milk to the mix.
* Use low-fat or non-fat milk (cows', sory or rice) instead of full-fat options.
* Up the protein value with a spoonful of peanut butter, nuts or granola.
* Top off your drink with some fresh mint from your garden or a little lemon zest.
Information adapted from the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org