Your new power breakfast

Start with day with a nutritious boost from Cran-berry Smoothies and Fruit-and-Nut Breakfast Bars

Stephanie Dean and Amy Machnak

Cran-berry Green-tea Smoothie

Green tea and cranberries give this high-energy smoothie powerful antioxidants. For a tropical spin, substitute 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks for the blackberries and strawberries.

With 4½ servings of fruit plus antioxidants and fiber, this smoothie is a refreshing, satisfying, and healthy way to begin your day.

Cranberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries

• Loaded with purple and red pigments (anthocyanins), whose high antioxidant capacities may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease and promote wound healing.

• Packed with soluble fiber (11 grams in our smoothie), vital for digestion and nutrient absorption.

• Abound in vitamin K, important in blood clotting.

Cranberries = antioxidants + fiber + vitamins C and K
Blueberries = antioxidants + fiber + vitamin K
Blackberries = fiber + folate + vitamins C and K
Strawberries = antioxidants + vitamin C + fiber


• Contains potassium, which prevents muscle weakness and maintains cell membranes.

• Abundant in folate, associated with decreased risk for cardiovascular disease; it also plays a vital role in new cell formation.

Banana = potassium + folate + fiber + vitamin C

Green tea

• Its plentiful antioxidants may reduce risk of heart attacks and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals (reactive atoms thought to be associated with aging).

Green tea = antioxidants

Soy milk

• A good source of protein and iron, especially for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Soy milk = iron + protein

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