Smoothies are an excellent way to provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it requires. While smoothies may provide you with multiple servings of fruits and vegetables, you must read the label to make sure you get the most out of your smoothie.
Some Smoothies Are Designed To Be A Meal
If you are purchasing a smoothie from a restaurant or produce department, be sure to read the label. What you are looking for is the fat and protein content. Since many smoothies are made to be post-workout recovery drinks for athletes and bodybuilders, it may be more of a meal replacement than a beverage or snack.
Ensure Your Smoothie Is Made From Natural Ingredients
Smoothies are sold in coffee shops, bakeries, and cafes, many of which are made from concentrate and mixes. These concoctions may contain more sugar and man-made ingredients, which make them more of a dessert than a healthy beverage. Even if made with some “fresh” ingredients, inquire about any sugar additives.
Think Twice About The Other Additives
Whether you are making your smoothie at home or buying in a health food store, don’t go too crazy with additives that increase the calorie content of your snack smoothies. If drinking as a meal, go for the protein and calorie add-ins such as nuts, yogurt, seeds, avocado, and protein powder. If drinking as a juice, stick more to fruits and veggies—and maybe 1 or 2 low-calorie add-ins.
The tips above will ensure you get the most out of your next smoothie!