Beware the Blender: Drinking Better Smoothies

When the seasons change and the weather gets warm, everyone should make staying hydrated a priority. It is common knowledge that steering clear of sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juices is a critical component of a healthy diet. However, what many people might be surprised to learn, is just how bad one of the alternatives, the fruit smoothie, can be. How bad is it? Fruit smoothies can actually have as much as three times more sugar (so approximately 120 grams) in them than a can of soda!

Popular smoothie franchises do great business by advertising their products as a delicious way to help you trim down your waistline. That simply is not true. Even the small sizes can have as much as 100 grams of sugar. That is the equivalent of twenty-five teaspoons. It is difficult to find that amount of sugar in almost any food, of any variety. It is nothing short of shocking that these allegedly “healthy” smoothies can pack so much bad news in one cup.

The good news is that the recipe for smoothies should be easy enough for anybody to master. You just need a blender! Creating a better alternative to your favorite store-bought smoothies is as easy as reading the whole fruits that store claims to use, then going home and making one for yourself. It may not be quite as sweet as what you would be able to buy pre-made, but that is exactly the point. Fruits naturally pack more than enough sugar for most people to enjoy them as an actually healthy, nutritious source of fuel for the day. To take your snack or meal replacement to the next level, throw in some vegetables as well! Cucumbers, celery, carrots, and leafy greens all make excellent additions, because they are gentle on your taste buds but still deliver a sizeable heaping of vitamins and minerals.

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