Smoothie Craze: How to make the right choice.

Smoothie Craze: How to make the right choice.

Smoothie Craze: How to make the right choice.

Smoothies and juice retailers are popping up right and left. So the question is… are these smoothie drinks healthy for you or is this just another money guzzling business idea?

Well, the answer is YES and NO.

Few smoothies and/or juice drinks out there are particularly healthy, low in sugar, and provide us with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, BUT most others, not so much…

You need to pay close attention to nutrition labels watch out for ingredients such as: fruit juice, regular dairy products (such as whole milk, yogurt, or ice cream), high fructose corn syrups, peanut butter, chocolate syrups, and powders.

Let’s take a look at the nutrition facts of some popular smoothie drinks out there:

Naked Juice Smoothie – Strawberry Banana Juice Smoothie

For 1 Bottle (just under 2 cups) provides:

  • 250 calories
  • 61 grams carbohydrates
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • 45 grams of sugar
  • 2 grams of protein
  • 0% daily recommended vitamin A
  • 4% daily recommended calcium
  • 60% daily recommended vitamin C
  • 4% daily recommended iron

Jamba Juice Smoothie – Mango-A-Go-Go Smoothie

For a small size (2 cups) provides:

  • 300 calories
  • 5 grams of fat
  • 29 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 66 grams of sugar
  • 2 grams of protein
  • 90% daily recommended vitamin A
  • 8% daily recommended calcium
  • 80% daily recommended vitamin C
  • 4% daily recommended iron

By looking at these smoothie nutrition facts, it is evident that although the smoothies are not extremely high in calories, they definitely contain TONS of sugar, little protein, and other than vitamin C, not very high levels of vitamins and minerals.

So be weary of nutrition labels on the back or side of the bottle to make an educated decision.

The best way to get in that green healthy smoothie is DO IT YOURSELF!

One we love to make ourself (using the magic bullet) is:

  1. Green Smoothie(1 serving)¼ cup of spinach or kale½ of a small Persian cucumber

250mL water or coconut water

¼ cup of pineapple

1 teaspoon of Mint

Wash and dry the spinach, cucumber, pineapple and mint. Chop the larger ingredients into medium size pieces. Place everything in blender and mix till a smooth consistency. Enjoy.

And… here are the nutrition facts of NJ’s Green Smoothie

  • 80 Calories
  • 0.1 grams of fat
  • 16.7 grams of carbohydrates
  • 0.5 grams of fiber
  • 14.6 grams of sugar
  • 1.7 grams of protein
  • 34.5% of daily recommendation Vitamin A
  • 1.2% of daily recommended Calcium
  • 23.2% daily recommended Vitamin C
  • 1% daily recommended iron

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Contributed by Lauren Paletz

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