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    Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It’s a great time of year to re-focus on health. And as residents of Douglas County, our Sterling Ranch community has a leg up on health. According to a recent news report, Douglas County ranked as the healthiest county in the state!

    Even so, you may be losing some of your New Year’s resolve to make health a priority this year. This is also the time of year when people are getting sick, so what better time to amp up your nutritional intake? Do your body a favor—make it more resilient and less susceptible to infectious disease by drinking lots of water, getting plenty of sleep and exercise, and eating like a champ.

    Smoothies are an easy way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. We love their versatility, and especially that they can be prepared and stored in advance, making meals on the go a snap. Here’s some of our favorite smoothie recipes:

    Mango, Berry & Banana Smoothie – Medjool dates give this recipe a sweet, creamy texture, and a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds provides bonus nutrients.

    Green Smoothie Recipe – We love that this recipe provides some basics and then gives you ideas on how to mix things up and make it uniquely yours. The green is the main thing. If it’s green, you know it’s healthy.

    Frozen Fruit Smoothies – Take some of the work out of preparing your smoothie by keeping the fruit in the freezer. Easy, thrifty (never throw away a banana again), and delicious!

    High Protein Fruit Smoothies – For those of you who are concerned about getting enough protein, there are four recipes here that provide excellent solutions.

    The Best Breakfast Smoothie – This one is apparently the best. Because, the name. (It really is good, though. Bananas, strawberries, oatmeal and peanut butter? Yes please!)

    And a quick tip before we go: you don’t need any fancy equipment to make a good smoothie. Yes, the Vitamix is top-of-the-line, but no, you don’t need one in order to whip up a delicious, nutritious breakfast smoothie. Use a traditional blender or a stick blender and voila —your day is off to a healthy start!

    Here’s to your health and a very nutritious March!

    Sterling Ranch is designed for active, healthy lifestyles, with over 30 miles of trails connecting this highly walkable community. Safety is a big priority here too, which is another factor that contributes to overall health and well-being. Visit today and see for yourself the healthy, thriving community of Sterling Ranch!