Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Drink Your 5-a-Day

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Drink Your 5-a-Day

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Vegetarian Times' food editor whips up nutritious fruit and veggie smoothies.

If you've recently picked up a newspaper or magazine or turned on the television, you couldn't help but notice the good news about fruits and vegetables. Eating five servings a day offers amazing health benefits. Packed with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, not to mention all-important fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables help ward off minor ailments, such as colds and flu, boost collagen production to improve skin tone and help reduce the risk of life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. Yep, we know what we need to eat. How many of us really live up to the five-a-day rule?

If you're like me, a working mother of two small children, more often than not your life feels like a juggling act. In an effort to keep the balls of work, family and personal life in the air, we tend to let other things-like good nutrition-fall by the wayside. Grabbing a granola bar, blueberry muffin or (gulp!) slice of cold pizza can be very tempting when you're hungry and rushing from a business meeting to a dance recital to a PTA function.

How can you eat better and still not miss a beat? Try sipping instead of chewing. These luscious fruit and veggie drinks were developed in our test kitchen and given the thumbs-up by our very discerning staff members. They whip up quickly in a blender, pack a nutritional wallop and refuel the body almost instantly. An added bonus: Even notoriously hard-to please eaters can get hooked on these colorful, yummy concoctions. Check out one of the following recipes or invent your own exotic blend. Bottoms up.

Green Goddess


Recent studies have found that kiwifruit contains a very high percentage of vitamin C, even more than an orange. To avoid a slight bitter taste, be sure to use kiwifruit that are ripe.

3 large ripe kiwifruit

2 ripe bananas

2 cup plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt or soft tofu, drained

1 /2 cups water, chilled

1 cup seedless green grapes

1/2 cup vanilla soy milk

3 Tbs. …

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