Oneonta, NY; 13, September 2016: I love fruit smoothies. Healthy, convenient, and they taste great, too. Made with some milk, fruit, and yogurt, they are considered a healthy food. Of course, I’m talking about fruit smoothies that I make and not the one’s you can buy out somewhere. If you are watching your calories and sugar intake, stay away from commercial smoothies. They will sabotage your fat loss efforts!
You have no idea what’s going in it, or how much. There could be some ice cream, which obviously adds to the sugar and calorie intake. And some of the “fruit” may be lots of fruit juice (besides extra calories it also takes out some of the fiber by using the juice instead of the actual fruit).
Another problem with commercial fruit smoothies is the yogurt. Have you really looked at the ingredients in a lot of commercial yogurts?
Way too much sugar.
In fact, the first few ingredients in many yogurts are multiple forms of sugar like sugar itself as well as fructose. By making my fruit smoothies at home, I can control the yogurt I use (plain yogurt or plain vanilla that has nothing added to it).
And I can control how much of everything goes into it so I know the calorie count as well as keeping out the hidden baddies.
Here’s one fruit smoothie I like to make:
- 1 Cup Plain Yogurt4 to 6 ounces of 1% Milk (sometimes just water instead)
- 1 to 2 servings of Whey Protein
- 1 to 2 cups of Berry Medley (this is frozen fruit consisting of a variety of berries such as strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry)
- 1 banana
- Crushed Ice
Sometimes I add a touch of natural peanut butter.
I switch up the fruit as well, using mango, pineapple, kiwi, etc. Whatever you like.
I control the taste and the ingredients so I know I’m getting a tasty fruit smoothie that meets my health and fitness needs.
And if you’re going to have two that day, make enough for two servings at once and put the rest in the fridge. Plus, you can put it in a thermos if you’re going to take it to work.
Give it a try and Stay Strong!
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