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On Your Side - Smoothies

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Published on January 21, 2019 -

On Your Side - Smoothies

Eating healthier is a top New Year's goal, and many people turn to smoothies believing they're a good way to get more nutrients in their diet.

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On Your Side - Smoothies

Eating healthier is a top new year's goal, and many people turn to smoothies believing they're a good way to get more nutrients in their diet.

But some smoothies you buy can be loaded with sugar.

Consumer reports food experts say that to make your smoothie really healthy - make it yourself!

Martha koloski has today's on your side.

" grace choi and her daughter kasper make cooking healthy a family routine.

And they make smoothies incorporating produce the toddler might not readily eat.

(natsot: baby) "nummy!"

(sot: grace choi, mother) "usually fruit she can eat pretty regularly, but vegetables are really hard."

(v/o) why start the day with a smoothie?

Chyron: amy keating, consumer reports registered dietician (sot) "the advantage of smoothies over juice is that they contain the whole fruit, which provides fiber.

It's also easy to add vegetables, protein, and even whole grains."

(v/o) begin with a protein base, like almond or regular milk, and yogurt.

Not only is it good to have lots of fruits and veggies in your diet - it's even better to change them up, so you benefit from different nutrients.

Your blender can work magic to combine fruits and vegetables that complement each other.

Like kale and pineapple!

The fruit's sweetness dominates and the kale is loaded with antioxidants.

Other great combos - spinach and blueberries.

Oranges and steamed carrots.

Strawberries and beets.

Look through your fridge - any produce from last night's supper can boost your breakfast and put the brakes on food waste.

(sot: amy keating) "i make it a habit to freeze extra veggies from dinner, and any fruit that's getting too ripe.

That way i have ingredients on hand."

(v/o) and to give your smoothies that satisfying thickness - you can use apples, avocado, bananas, yogurt, or nut butters.

(v/o) pulverizing a handful of whole oats, before adding anything else will make your smoothie extra filling.

Give your smoothie a taste - and if needed sweeten it with sugar or honey, a half- teaspoon at a time.

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If you're tempted to toss some protein powder into your smoothie think twice - most people get enough protein in their diet and some powders have contained heavy metals.

A better protein boost would be to add some chia or flax seeds, which add healthy fats.

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