Are you trying to start the new year off on the right foot by eating healthy and trying to maintain or lose weight? This Kiwi and Kale Smoothie recipe is a great way to begin 2015 because it’s made with some of my favorite healthy ingredients including kale, kiwi, nonfat Greek yogurt, mango and a the low calorie sweetener, aspartame. Aspartame is ideal to use in this recipe (as well as many others) because it adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding calories. Aspartame can truly be part of a healthy diet. The rapid rise in aspartame’s popularity can be attributed to the many benefits aspartame provides to calorie-conscious consumers. Aspartame is also beneficial in weight control. With nearly two out of three Americans considered overweight or obese, taking steps to assure appropriate calorie intake is very important. Because products with aspartame are lower in calories than their sugar-sweetened counterparts, using products with aspartame together with regular physical activity can help with weight management. Check out this calorie savings calculator to find out the number of calories you can save using an aspartame-sweetened product instead of a full calorie product. This post is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, but all opinions are my own.
I am so honored and excited to announce my partnership with the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association & Easyhomemeals.com. As a busy mom of three very active children, it is fabulous to be a part of the new food panel for Easy Home Meals. To kick off the new year, Cherry-Coconut and Kale Smoothie is healthy, filled with antioxidants and tastes great. We absolutely love kale smoothies for breakfast or afternoon snacks, and this new kale smoothie uses frozen cherries, Birds Eye frozen coconut and Dole frozen pineapple. I also love to use Yoplait frozen Greek yogurt in my smoothies to boost protein in my diet as well as the kids. Using frozen foods are a lifesaver. They are budget friendly, healthy and convenient. People often ask is frozen fruit as healthy as fresh? With shipping and storage, fresh fruit can sit around for as long as two weeks before it gets to your local supermarket. In contrast, frozen fruits are often picked and frozen at the peak of freshness. It’s great to use frozen fruits in smoothies because the fruits are already cold, and there won’t be a need to add any ice. I hope you’ll like this recipe as much as we do and stay tuned for more recipes this coming your with NFRA and Easy Home Meals.