You might know Chris Evert as a tennis champion, but she's also the mom of three growing teenage boys. And while she retired in 1989, she still plays tennis almost every day. How does she find the energy? Here's one healthy secret: She drinks fat-free milk!
Below are the top four reasons why Chris guzzles a glass every day, in her own words:
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Reason One - Calcium
As a woman, I understand that as I get older, I am at a higher risk for osteoporosis. According to the National Dairy Council, Americans are only consuming half the amount of dairy necessary for optimal health and bone development. Milk products are nutrient-packed foods, thanks to their unique combination of nine essential nutrients, including calcium.
Reason Two - Vitamin D
I live in Florida and spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors and in the sun. Even though the sun is a natural source of vitamin D, I make sure that my diet includes the necessary five servings of dairy each day. Vitamin D is a powerhouse vitamin. It supports bone strength, brain function, heart health and your immune system. Some people even say it brightens your smile. Not a big milk drinker? Think about adding milk to soups, coffee, cereal and smoothies. For some of my favorite recipes, check out BeSimplySmart.com.
Reason Three - Protein
I am on the tennis court almost every day. In addition, I stretch regularly and am always on the move. In order to build lean, toned muscles and recover more quickly after exercise, I need to fuel my body regularly with protein. A glass of fat-free milk is a great recovery drink after a workout, helping to replenish and refuel tired muscles.
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Reason Four - Delicious
Let's face it: If something doesn't taste good, we are not going to drink it. My favorite milk brand is Hood Simply Smart Milk. It has all the taste of full-fat milk, without the fat.
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