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Dessert Recipe: Blueberry-Banana Batido

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Since it’s still National Nutrition Month, here’s a way to Get Your Plate in Shape—shake up dessert. Instead of serving a time-intensive sweet, add something different to a non-dessert treat. For younger kids, this blueberry-banana smoothie is perfect as is. You can even make it more fun by adding a touch of cherry juice and a cherry on top. Trust me, it can work. I can still see the excitement in the eyes of a friend who was positive the smoothie tasted better with a touch of cherry juice. Older kids, who have higher expectations, may require a bit more pizzazz for this smoothie to qualify as a dessert. Try adding a dollop of whipped cream or a swirl of chocolate syrup. Bottom line, they are still getting a nutrition-packed dessert that is indulgent yet super-simple to make.

This dessert idea Gets Your Plate In Shape because it contains two food groups and is budget friendly. With milk, bananas and berries, it's still less than one dollar per serving. If you don’t have buttermilk, don’t worry. Simply  add one tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk OR use one cup of yogurt.

Blueberry-Banana Batido

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 290 ; Total Fat: 3g ; Saturated Fat: 2g ; Carbohydrates: 61g ; Protein: 10g ; Calcium: 300 mg ; Sodium: 263mg ; Fiber: 4g

What are you favorite healthy dessert recipes?

 

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Meals Matter Mom Trina Robertson is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in sports nutrition. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. Trina Robertson, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. As a HealthyEating.org Mom she shares her positive approach to healthy eating with the goal of inspiring others to prepare and enjoy foods from all the food groups. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. At home she enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family. Her most rewarding accomplishment is that her boys are good eaters and are learning to cook. Follow Trina on Twitter @TrinaR_RD and find more Healthy Eating ideas on Facebook and Pinterest.

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