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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

file_128714_0_110314-freshstrawberrykiwisThe Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie has a very high amount of antioxidant vitamins C, E and A. Kiwis and strawberries are also high in fiber, which makes this a useful blend to lower cholesterol levels, plus the high levels of antioxidants make this a cancer fighting powerhouse.

If you are looking for a potassium smoothie, the fruit in this recipe is a great combination. The banana and kiwi have high levels of potassium, which is essential to healthy function of the body’s cells and organs. Kiwis have also been proven to improve respiratory tract health.

Ingredients
1 Banana
2 Kiwis
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
¾ Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
¼ Cup Milk

Pour the milk into the blender first, followed by the yogurt and the banana; blend. Add the frozen strawberries and the kiwis, then blend again.

For a thinner consistency drink, use berries that are fresh or defrosted.

Makes one large serving.

Smoothies can be used for both weight loss, and weight gain. The biggest differences between a drink that is effective for weight loss and a blend for weight gain is going to be the ingredients, and how/when you drink it.

For example, if you were to start eating a smoothie on the side of your regular meals, you would likely start to gain weight, even if it was fairly light in calories. If you drink one in place of a meal, however, you can easily use them to drop extra weight.

Fat can easily be added to smoothies to enhance them for weight gain purposes, or to make them more substantial if regular smoothies tend to leave you hungry for more. A few examples of healthy fats that you can add to your recipes are peanut butter, almond butter, avocado, and coconut. Any of these options taste great.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 390
Total Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 17 mg
Sodium: 162 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 77 g
Dietary Fiber: 11 g
Sugars: 51 g
Protein: 16 g

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