Looking for a dessert that’s sweet but also healthy? Try this smoothie!
Do you love the taste of pumpkins, cookies, or both? Try this healthy, easy-to-make smoothie!
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Lots of reasons!
The first is beta carotene—the red, orange, or yellow compound found in colorful vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and pumpkins. When eaten, beta carotene turns into vitamin A, which helps boost your immune system, improve your eyesight, enable your cells to grow and work together, and ensure healthy function of your heart, lungs, kidneys, and more. One serving of this smoothie provides more than 100% of the daily nutritional requirement of vitamin A for a 2,000 calorie per day diet.*
Antioxidants, found in vegetables like pumpkin and herbs such as cinnamon, may help prevent cancer.
Yogurt contains calcium, vitamin D, protein, and probiotics (sometimes called “good” bacteria). Calcium is necessary for muscle function, nerve signals, and healthy bone growth. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Together, calcium and vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis. Protein causes muscles to grow and stay strong, and helps your body store energy so that you have it when you need it. Eating probiotics can help prevent urinary problems.
Check out the nutrition facts for this recipe below!**
*Your daily requirement may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.
**Nutrition facts are estimated and based on the brand that is purchased at the supermarket. To ensure accuracy of total nutrient intake, it is recommended that you read the food labels on each product.
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Healthfirst Nutrition Team
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