Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - As little as one glass of low-fat or fat-free milk could help protect your heart, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition-and other research suggests it could be good for your kidneys.
The National Kidney Foundation estimates that kidney disease affects about 26 million Americans -and kidney disease is both a cause and a consequence of cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans.
Milk provides nine essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, protein and potassium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend drinking three glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk each day.
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie
Makes 6 Servings
Place 2 cups of fat-free milk in a zip-sealing plastic bag. Place cherries in another zip-sealing plastic bag; drizzle cherries with chocolate syrup and mix well. Place both sealed bags in the freezer; freeze until lightly frozen.
When you are ready to prepare the smoothies, remove bags from the freezer, checking to make sure they are lightly frozen. Place frozen milk and cherries in blender. Pour remaining 2 cups of milk into blender; add almond extract. Blend until mixture is at smoothie consistency.
If desired, blend smoothies in 2 batches. Serve immediately.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie
Makes 2 Servings
In a single layer on a plate, freeze the sliced strawberries for at least 1 hour (or overnight). Add the frozen strawberry, milk, yogurt and, if using, the honey and vanilla to a blender container. Cover and puree until smooth. Pour into 2 tall chilled glasses. Sprinkle the top of each smoothie with the cocoa powder.
Recipe by Jackie Newgent, RD, award-winning author of "The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook."
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