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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Recipe: Pink Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (or fresh if in season)
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • ½ cup of low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.

This pink smoothie is filling, nutritious, low in calories (about 315) and high in fiber. The berries supply valuable antioxidants, the orange juice is a great source of vitamin C and the banana is rich in potassium. The yogurt is low in calories but high in protein. If you add the peanut butter you will add about 95 calories but it adds extra protein, which is a good idea if you are replacing a meal.

This smoothie makes a great breakfast, lunch or dinner on the run for anyone, and is also great for people undergoing treatment for cancer, whose appetite can be suppressed.

Studies have shown that frequent moderate to vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Maintaining a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products has also been linked to a lower risk. New studies suggest that more than 3 drinks per week of any type of alcohol can slightly increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer.