BATON ROUGE - Kate Blumberg and Melissa Lupo from Pennington Biomedical Research Center visited the set of News 2 at 4 today to show us some quick and easy recipes for smoothies that the kids are sure to enjoy.
Smoothies are a great way to introduce healthy foods into a child's diet because they are sweet enough to appeal to their palates while covering up for the fact that you're sneaking some high nutritional value ingredients into their systems.
Additionally, the process of making smoothies is simple enough to present a perfect chance to get your children involved in the kitchen while teaching them about proper nutrition. They can participate by adding the ingredients to the blender and pressing the button to blend it all together. It should go without saying, but proper supervision is a must because blenders have sharp blades that revolve at high speed.
The recipe Kate and Melissa prepared on the show today is as follows:
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup fat free vanilla yogurt
- 1 pack Splenda
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1.) Add all ingredients to blender and blend! Water or ice may be added to reach desired consistency.
This particular recipe makes about 12 ounces of smoothie, which contains 265 calories, 1 gram of fat, 53 grams of carbohydrate, 3.5 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein making it high on sweet factor while packing a substantial nutritional punch.
Pennington Biomedical has a community event coming up this weekend called Doc's DASH that includes tons of activities including a 5K and 1 mile fun run in addition to tons of fun, healthy activities like the one Melissa and Kate showed us during the guest segment. The event kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 27 and is sure to offer fun for the whole family. To learn more about the upcoming event at PBRC, visit the Doc's DASH website.