Smoothie companies often advertise their products as healthy meal replacements. You can get all your nutrients in one smoothie with the option to add supplements you want like more protein, immune boosters, and probiotics. It sounds like a quick and easy meal, right?
According to fitday.com, the ingredients in your smoothie are what can make them either a healthy alternative for a meal or snack, or a calorie-packed treat. It’s especially important to look at the ingredient list at your favorite smoothie shop. According to fitday.com, smoothies can range anywhere 225 to 1035 calories for a 20-ounce cup. Some use the natural sugars from the fruits they contain and others add sugar or sugar substitutes. The average smoothie will contain 30 to 60 grams of sugar…sugar equals calories.
From this information, you might assume it’s better just to make your own smoothies. While it might be an easy way to manage the ingredients, you could be jeopardizing the nutritional value of the fruit you use. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor at the University of California San Francisco, by pulverizing fruit into a thick paste, you’re losing out on the insoluble fiber and its benefits.
Simply put, it’s healthier to eat the fruit or vegetables whole rather than incorporate them into a smoothie. If you are going to make a smoothie or buy one, make sure to pay attention to the ingredients and the calorie count.
Peanut Butter, Strawberry, Kale Smoothie
o 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
o 1 cup frozen strawberries
o 1 cup chopped kale
o 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
o 1 tablespoon honey
o 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
o 2-4 ice cubes
o Combine soymilk, strawberries, kale, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and ice cubes in a blender. Puree until smooth.