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V8 V Fusion Healthy Beverages for the Super Busy

V8's V-Fusion, Peach Mango

Most vegetable and fruit juice blends leave you with a bitter after-taste, but with V8 Fusion Juice, Peach Mango, you'd never know you're getting a serving of vegetables plus a serving of fruit -- and you shouldn't suffer the after-taste, either.

A bottle has 170 calories and 150 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements.

Stoneyfield Farm Light Smoothie, Wild Berry

Stonyfield Farms Wild Berry Smoothie An organic super smoothie!

This smoothie has everything you want without loading up on calories (it contains just 130) -- and they even did it without artificial sweeteners.

Bonus: These also contain added probiotics and hormone-free milk.

From their own words:

"No aspartame or other chemically derived sweeteners here. Just a touch of naturally milled sugar from an organic farm that has attracted more than 180 animal species back to the land. -Gary (Stoneyfield)"

Hint Water, Lime

Lime Hint Water There are a lot of flavored waters on the market, but most contain artificial sweeteners. Hint Premium Essence Water Lime is a zingy, lime-flavored thirst-quencher that is all natural and has no calories. This refreshing beverage tastes best when served ice cold. All Hint Water's are great - check out the Hint Essence Water Variety Pack.

Winner of Best of Food Awards by Health Magazine.

Product features boast:

  • All natural essence water
  • No sweeteners or preservatives
  • Zero calories

Tropicana Pure Premium Essentials, Fiber

Tropicana Pure Premium Essentials with Fiber This is a fiber-fortified orange juice that is as smooth as the original. It packs 3 grams of the good stuff (compared with zero in regular orange juice), due to Fibersol-2, a corn-based fiber.

Tropicana's Pure Premium Essentials with Fiber delivers 3 grams in every 8-oz glass, roughly the amount found in a medium-sized orange. The company says the product helps keep the digestive system healthy and regular.

Naked Juice Gold Machine Superfood Smoothie

Naked Juice Gold This blend of golden fruits makes a mellow and delicious combination. Each 8-ounce serving has 150 calories, no fat, and a whopping 480 milligrams of potassium. This is a perfect beverage for a workout pick-me-up or an early-morning boost.

Naked Juice Gold Machine Superfood Smoothie is a blend of gold kiwi, yellow passion fruit and banana and includes 11 vitamins and minerals including green tea, vitamin E, and grape seed extract. This is the first smoothie known to have gold kiwi as an ingredient. Gold kiwi isn't fuzzy like green kiwi.

Each bottle has 140 calories and provides 100 percent RDA of vitamin A and 25 percent RDA of zinc.

Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cone

Skinny Cow Frozen Ice Cream Cone

Melt your ice cream cravings with one of these chocolate, fudge-swirled ice cream and chocolate-drenched cones. Only 150 calories and 3 grams of fat -- plus a bonus of 3 grams of fiber! We realized it's not literally a beverage but it slides down like one so we just added it in!

Healthy Homemade Beverages

Lassi

Lassi is a wonderful and healthful beverage using yogurt. If you like a little spice, add a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom to the froth of the lassi.

1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar or honey

Put the above ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and the sugar is dissolved, about 1/2 minute. Add about 5 to 6 ice cubes and blend until cubes are crushed and drink is frothy. Pour the drink into mugs and enjoy! This lassi recipe makes about 2 to 3 servings.

You can prepare the lassi ahead of time and refrigerate. Re-blend the lassi in a blender just before serving.

Fruit Variation: Add fruit for a fruity and flavorful holiday lassi. Mango lassi is common but you can other fruits such as bananas or strawberries. Or, add orange juice. Add about one banana, four strawberries, or 1/4 cup orange juice to the original recipe above.




Maraschino Cherry Shake

Cool, creamy and refreshing and best of all, a deliciously cherry tasting treat packed with antioxidants.

1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries
3 cups vanilla light or fat free ice cream
Light whipped topping, optional

Drain the juice of one 10-ounce jar of maraschino cherries into a bowl, using a colander. Measure three tablespoons of the cherry juice and set aside. You can save the remaining juice for another use.

Cut cherries into small pieces and combine with juice and three cups vanilla light or fat-free ice cream in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into two, 12-ounce glasses. Top with light whipped topping and whole cherries, if desired. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition Nibble: A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as dried and frozen cherries and cherry juice, have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants compared to other fruits.




Muscle Builder Smoothie

Muscle Builder Smoothie features the brawn-building power of protein from both peanut butter and whey.

Peanut butter and banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana
1/3 cup whey protein
1/2 cup fat-free chocolate frozen yogurt
1 cup fat-free milk
1 cup ice

Just blend the above ingredients together and enjoy. Makes 1 smoothie.

Nutrition Nibble: Diets rich in peanuts and peanut butter appear to protect against heart disease by lowering levels of bad LDL cholesterol and controlling body weight. These benefits are more important than ever in older children and teens. The nutrients in peanut butter are healthy for growing bodies.




Orange Breakfast Smoothie

This fruit-filled, low-calorie, on-the-go breakfast is a great way to get a fresh start to your day!

1/2 cup all natural orange juice
1 cup orange sherbet or non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
1 cup sliced banana
1-1/2 cup sliced peaches
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Puree the orange juice, sherbet, banana, peaches and vanilla extract in a blender. Pour into 4 glasses and garnish with a fruit of choice.

Yield: 4 servings.




Pomegranate Lemonade

The citrusy tang of lemons combined with nutrition packed pomegranates makes for a tasty and very healthful beverage.

3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pomegranate juice
2-1/2 cups water
Crushed ice

Combine sugar and lemon juice. Stir well to dissolve. Pour lemon mixture and pomegranate juice into a pitcher; stir well. Add the water. Pour into 4 (8-ounce) glasses. Add crushed ice as needed to each glass. Makes 3 servings. Serving size is one 8-ounce glass.

Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 75, Fat: 0, Cholesterol: 0, Protein: 0, Carbohydrate: 19g, Sugars: 18g, Fiber: 0, Iron: 0, Sodium: 11mg, Calcium: 14mg.

Nutrition Nibble: Pomegranates are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In addition, the pomegranate is rich in polyphenols, some of the most powerful of the antioxidants. And there is more: each seed provides a satisfying crunch and a bit of fiber in every bite. They truly are wonderful to eat fresh.

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