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Four Succulent Surprises For Your Smoothies

October 16, 2018

Who doesn't love a smoothie??? They're tasty, portable, and they're a good way to help you sneak some fruit and vegetables into your diet. But you have to be careful as many seemingly healthy smoothies have more calories and sugars than a serving of ice cream! So here are four tips in creating your perfect smoothie that's tasty! Blend it yourself! Buying a smoothie may be convenient, but they can be packed with excess calories, fat, and sugars. For example, a small Jamba Juice Strawberry Surf Rider has 320 calories and a whopping 70 grams (about 17 teaspoons) of sugars. Some of those grams come from the natural sugars in the peaches and strawberries of course, but it’s also sweetened with lemonade and sherbet, which are full of added sugars. Not to mention the added sodium. The Shredder at Smoothie King, for example, has 550 mg. That's nearly a quarter of the maximum amount of sodium [2,300 mg] you should have in a day. So read the labels first! Load up on veggies! here's the perfect way to sneak vegetables into your body and some of them are downright tasty paired with a fruit, like beets and strawberries, kale and pineapple, spinach and blueberries, and carrots and oranges. Skip the extras. Bee pollen, creatinine, protein powder all sounds healthy and good, the problem is the claims of having more energy or burning fat that these claims have little, if any, good evidence behind them. Some of the ingredients can be harmful if consumed in excess. For example, Naked Plus with Vitamin C smoothie packs 1,270 percent of your daily vitamin C needs in one 15-ounce serving. According to the National Institutes of Health, too much vitamin C can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and other intestinal problems. Finally add creaminess the healthy way. You can get that smooth texture by adding apples, avocado, bananas, low-fat yogurt or nut butters. Pulverized oats also make for a thicker smoothie and add some whole grains to your drink. Frozen fruit also adds that satisfying thickness. In addition to avocado and nut butter, chia seeds or ground flax seeds can add some healthy fat. These seeds are good sources of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and also contain decent amounts of fiber, protein, and vitamins.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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