A Healthier U

Having a smoothie is not only a refreshing and filling way to start the day, but it’s also an easy way to get some of your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Plus, you can experiment with different ingredients (flaxseeds, almond butter, carrots, mangoes, etc.) for greater nutrition and variety. Here are a couple healthy smoothie recipes to try. Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
• 1 c low-fat/skim milk
• 1/2 c rolled oats
• 1 banana, broken into chunks
• 14 frozen strawberries
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1.5 tsp honey (optional)Preparation
1. In a blender, combine milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired and blend until smooth. Enjoy.Veggie Surprise Smoothie
• 1 c frozen berries (any kind)
• 1 c frozen peaches
• 1 c spinach
• 1/2 c chopped cucumber, seeds and skin removed
• 1 c low-fat/skim milk
• 6 oz vanilla yogurtPreparation
1. Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy.

The weather is heating up, and as the temperature rises, so does the risk of heatstroke. We aren’t talking about simply feeling hot, or uncomfortable, or sweating excessively. “Heat stroke is life threatening emergency,” says Matthew Steimle, D.O., a pediatric emergency physician with University of Utah Health Care.

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summersnacksWhen temperatures are soaring, nobody wants a hot or a heavy snack. But too much ice cream and frozen treats will give you a sugar crash—and lead to a growing waistline. These three cool and refreshing summer snacks, made with summer fruits, veggies or herbs, are light and healthy. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready for them. Get the recipes here.