ESPN Smoothies: Breakfast Fuel of Champions

With summer weather finally here, I’ve been craving fresh fruits and cold beverages, making smoothies my go-to breafast choice. Looking for a good recipe, I stumbled accross this post we did three years back. The Banana Berry smoothie was so delicious! I added a bit of vanilla extract just for some extra flavor and included cherries since they were in my bag of frozen fruit. Take a break from the heat and blend up one of these nutritoius, filling, and thirst-quenching smoothies this weekend!

–Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College


By Elizabeth Jarrard, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

ESPN called us last week regarding a question they got from a reader who doesn’t like to eat a ‘big breakfast’ in the morning but needs something that can last her till lunch. Our own Sarah Butler MS, RD answered the call with a few simple suggestions, one being the every so easy smoothie!

Here’s a sneak peek at the recipes that we sent them:

Mixed Berry Smoothie:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1/2 cup plain soymilk
handful of ice

Calories: 200calories
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Total Carb: 30g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 21g
Protein: 17g
Contains 30% daily calcium, 90% of daily Vitamin C, 6% of daily Vitamin A, and 8% daily Iron

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Banana Berry Smoothie
1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries or mixed berries)
1 small ripe banana
1/2 cup 100% orange juice
1 6 oz container plain non-fat greek yogurt

Calories: 310 cal
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 60g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar: 41g
Protein: 21g
Contains 25% daily calcium, 150% of daily vitamin C, 6% daily vitamin A, 4% daily iron

If you don’t like or have greek yogurt around, plain nonfat regular yogurt is a great substitute!

Do you have any favorite smoothie combinations?