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Fruit, Yogurt and Barley Smoothie

As a breakfast beverage or snacktime sipper, this smoothie packs a wallop of flavour and health benefits. The many possible combinations you can dream up using different fruits, juices, yogurts and optional ingredients means you can make a unique smoothie every day!

1 cup (250 mL) fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit of your choice (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries or banana, chopped mango or peach)
1 cup (250 mL) fruit juice
1 cup (250 mL) plain or flavoured fat-free or low fat yogurt
1/2 cup (125 mL) barley flakes
2 tbsp (30 mL) ground flaxseed or wheat germ (optional)
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon (optional)

In a blender, place fruit, fruit juice, yogurt, barley flakes, and flaxseed and cinnamon, if using. Process on High speed until smooth and combined, about 30 to 45 seconds.

* Using frozen fruit will make the drink slightly thicker and colder. Or, add a few ice cubes before blending.

Makes 2 servings (1-1/4 cups/300 mL each).

Nutritional Information (per serving): based on using 1/2 banana, orange juice and fat-free honey Greek yogurt

Calories: 258
Protein: 15 g
Carbohydrate: 51 g
Fibre: 5 g
Sugars: 23 g
Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 49 mg
Potassium: 494 mg