A guest post from our friends at the FMH Wellness Center.
Even though smoothies may contain fresh fruit, the calories can range from 110 for a small to 850 calories for a large, depending on the size and where you purchase it. Smoothies are “made with real fruit,” but also contain a whole lot of added sugar and juice. One medium Slim-n-Trim Strawberry Smoothie from Smoothie King has 562.5 calories and 108 grams of sugar! What sounds like a healthy drink may actually be as many calories as an entire meal!
Wouldn’t you rather eat 600 calories?
To make a healthier version at home, just use low fat milk or yogurt, fresh fruit and vanilla extract to flavor. Try this recipe!
Wake Up! Fruit Smoothie
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified
- 1 banana
- 1 1/4 cups frozen berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Splenda (optional)
- Combine orange juice, banana, berries, yogurt and Splenda, if using, in a blender; cover and blend until creamy. Serve immediately.
Per serving: 157 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 19 mg sodium; 430 mg potassium.