Healthy Choice?

This article, entitled "Healthy Choice?" comes from Pat Persaud, MomsEveryday blogger from Omaha, NE.

There is yet another change coming to school cafeterias! Smoothie vending machines are headed to our kids at school.

It's part of the effort to fight childhood obesity affecting about 16 percent of our school-age kids. But is it really a healthy choice?

Nutritionists say it really depends on what is in the drink and the size of the smoothie. Better suggestion: have your kids eat more fruit and vegetables. Easier said than done!

We all know how picky some kids can be! Smoothies may not be ideal but could be a tasty way to make fruit part of a child's daily diet.

In case you're wondering, a 12 ounce smoothie made with fruit juice, fruit and yogurt contains about 200 calories. A wiser choice may be limiting our kids to an 8 ounce smoothie which usually contains about 130 calories.

It's really a choice we can control. Price may be another built-in control of the popular drink. A smoothie may cost $1.50 to $3 per drink.

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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