To make nourishing meals, you have to have nourishing foods on-hand. That’s why it’s important to choose a few items that you really enjoy eating, and make sure they are always in your refrigerator or pantry.  That way, busy or not, you have what you need to build a balanced meal.

The ingredients in this chocolate strawberry smoothie are great examples. Milk, peanut butter, protein powder and berries- that’s it! Together, those four foods provide a perfect balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat, as well as a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Put them in a blender, add some ice, and you have a delicious meal that can be made in minutes.

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4 Ingredient Chocolate-Strawberry Smoothie

Author: Heather Mangieri, RDN

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Skim Milk
  • 9-13 Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
    • Optional: Garnish with a few whole or shaved chocolate chips and a strawberry slice

Notes

Recipe makes one smoothie- 260 calories, 26 grams’ carbohydrates, 23 grams’ protein, 8 grams’ fat, 35% daily calcium, 17% Vitamin D and 15% iron needs

2 CHO; 3 PRO; 1.5 FAT

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