Enjoy a healthier smoothies

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Healthy foods don't have to be void of taste and flavor. Smoothies are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, get your 5 fruits for the day, load your body with vitamins and anti-oxidants and add a little protein too. Monday morning on KARE 11 Sunrise, fitness expert Chris Freytag showed us how to make a healthy smoothie. With smoothie bars popping up everywhere, you have to be careful about some of these treats, often loaded with extra sugar and additives. Smoothies can tip the scale at 500-1000 calories for a 24 oz drink. Freytag says when it comes to smoothies, the best thing might be to make them at home. They make great grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks, but can also be used as a well-balanced meal replacement at any time of the day by adding some protein powder. Kids love smoothies too. What better way to sneak more fruits and veggies into their daily intake than to serve them up in a treat that tastes and looks like a milkshake. Freytag says frozen fruit works best, often more affordable than fresh produce and there's no waste. Veggies that work are avocados, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cucumbers and vegetable juices for liquid. If you liked the blender Chris used during this segment Click here to learn more. Here are some of Chris's favorite recipes: Creamy Green Machine: Fill to frozen line: 1 frozen banana Several frozen strawberries 1 scoop of orange or strawberry sherbet 1 avocado, peeled and pitted A few ice cubes if necessary Add Orange juice to liquid line and blend Tropical Blast Smoothie: Fill to frozen line: 1 container of low-fat yogurt Frozen banana, strawberries and pineapple 1 scoop vanilla protein powder A few ice cubes if necessary Add V8 Fusion* juice to liquid line and blend. *Each 8-oz glass of V8 V-Fusion juice provides a 1/2 cup of vegetables and a 1/2 cup of fruit. Strawberry, banana contains 10 fruits and veggies: sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and beets, white grapes, oranges, apples, strawberries, bananas. Black and Blue: Fill to frozen line: Frozen blueberries and blackberries 1 container of low-fat yogurt Scoop of vanilla protein powder A few ice cubes Add vanilla almond or soy milk - to liquid line and blend. By Chris Freytag Chris Freytag offers healthy lifestyle tips every week on the KARE 11 Sunrise "Motivation Monday" segment at 6:20 a.m. Chris has been educating and teaching fitness and nutrition for over 17 years. She is the author of 2 books, produced Fitness DVDs and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise. CLICK HERE to read more.

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