Smoothie Makeover Provide a Refreshing Summer Boost

PITTSBURGH, PA - July 16, 2003 - Smoothies continue to gain popularity each year because they are easy to prepare, healthful and refreshing. Now it's time for smoothies to get a taste of their own refreshment with a makeover by adding cooking spices, mixing-in functional foods and combining even more nutritious ingredients. For those long, hot summer days, new smoothie ingredients like oatmeal fill you up in the morning and add variety to your breakfast, while ginger and mint give the average tropical smoothie an extra punch of flavor and energy boost. In an effort to promote good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, try these three unique, convenient summer smoothies featuring canned fruit and essential nutrients for the body.

"Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack, these new smoothie recipes will not only energize your taste buds, but will give your body a great dose of key vitamins and nutrients," said Roberta Duyff, registered dietitian and author. Unique ingredients like fresh ginger and oatmeal in addition to canned blueberries and peaches not only enhance the health benefits in each recipe, but give each smoothie a distinct taste.

Blueberry + Oatmeal = Taste Sensation

Looking to add a splash of flavor to your daily bowl of oatmeal each morning? The Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie, containing oatmeal, canned blueberries and strawberries, is a great start to any morning.  Adding oatmeal to a breakfast smoothie not only gives your drink an added dose of fiber, but also fills you up. This breakfast meal replacement smoothie is packed full of vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, to keep your body energized throughout the day.

Fusion of Mint and Peaches

TheMinty Peach-Pear Smoothie is a great source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure, and vitamin C. This smoothie includes canned peaches and pears blended with mint leaves, which adds a cool, refreshing flavor to the fruit blend. Packed with potassium, which helps the body's heart and muscles, this smoothie can serve as a great supplement for lunch on those hectic workdays, or the perfect afternoon snack on a warm summer day.

Ginger Makes it All Better

To add a little spice to your life, try the Orange Ginger Tropical Smoothie with canned Mandarin oranges for a tasty treat. Ginger, which has been known to treat ailments such as headaches, motion sickness and the flu, is the perfect addition to this zesty recipe. A great source of vitamins C and E, which protect the eyes and help to boost the immune system, this smoothie is the perfect energy boost for those sluggish afternoons.

"These refreshing, nutritious smoothies are not oversized like many found in restaurants and are a perfect replacement for ice cream treats that are high in fat," said Duyff. They are delicious, low in calories and contain ingredients and substances that are essential for the body and beneficial to a healthy lifestyle and increased longevity."

About the Canned Food Alliance

The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute, select food processors and affiliate members. The primary mission of the CFA is to serve as a resource for information on the nutrition, convenience, contemporary appeal and versatility of canned food.

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