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9/9/13 4:05 P

I like smoothies, I make mine with unsweetened greek yogurt, fruit and iced tea. Perfect morning pick me up. I still have all the vitamins, minerals and fiber from the fruit.

XENIAM SparkPoints: (2,538)
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9/9/13 2:10 P

I drink smoothies all the time, green smoothies. I fill the blender about 2/3 full of greens (kale, chard, spinach), add a frozen banana, a carrot and a modest amount of frozen fruit for sweetening. This is not too much fruit, I don't think. All those greens might take some getting used to, though.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
9/9/13 1:10 P

i eat smoothies all the time. As far as the sugar- it depends what you put in it. I don't put sweet sweet fruits in mine. I use Berries since they don't spike the sugar, I may use 1/2 or 1/4 of a banana for added texture, but mostly it is greens.
Not sure which article you read, but all the raw food chefs are usually tooting the great benefits from a homemade smoothie where you control everything (yes, you control the sugar too)
Mine are usually around 300-400 calories. i don't use dairy-- I make my own almond milk or get the ones from WF or TJ's. (will never by sweet almond or blue diamond again)

Though i agree that juicing removes the fiber from the fruit and veggies, you don't HAVE to throw it out. i freeze it to make crackers for later. I love my dehydrator.

As the PP said, the smoothies from a commercial spot are dangerous. They use GMO products, don't really control the sugar, etc. Those I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.

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9/9/13 11:41 A

Like others, I would venture the guess that whatever you read was about chain-produced smoothies. I can replicate a smoothie from a chain restaurant but with WAY less calories, sugar, and additives. You're fine the way you are making yours by using real fruit and not dumping a load of sugar in on top of everything. One thing I add to mine too is either spinach or kale. Makes them a fun green color and you get extra health benefits :)

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
9/9/13 1:55 A

You didn't say what you read that indicated smoothies were bad (unless I misread the OP).

The only problem I have with smoothies is the same I have with juices: they're full of sugar. Natural sugar, okay... but sugar, nevertheless.

Since we're low-carb, we can't expend all of them on one piece of food. Well, I guess we *could*! But I prefer to spread them around a bit.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
9/9/13 12:29 A

What articles did you read that said smoothies are "bad for you?" If the articles were in magazines like Women's World or anything put out by Rodale Publishing (Prevention, Women's Health, etc), you can't really trust those. They pay authors next to nothing and they no longer have editors, so half the time the writers just make stuff up. Even when they do research their topic, the articles are so short that they have to leave out really important information.

If it was in a more reliable source, take a second, careful look. I would be willing to bet that they're talking about commercial smoothies from places like Smoothie King. I rarely say that a food is "bad for you," but some of those smoothies actually are bad for you. They have huge amounts of *added* sugar, and the servings are so gigantic that sometimes they have more calories than a small-ish woman should eat in a whole day. There are lots of smoothies in smoothie shops that have more calories than a Big Mac. Some of them have fruit-flavored syrup instead of actual fruit.

If you're making one smoothie a day with measured amounts of milk, whole fruit, and little or no added sugar, then that's nothing to worry about. It's no different from eating the fruit and drinking the milk separately. The only way it might be a problem is if you're a person who doesn't feel full if you don't have something to chew, or if you tend to eat too fast and want more. But if you're satisfied after your smoothie and you don't have trouble making it to lunch without a snack, then it's fine for you.

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9/8/13 8:34 P

My favorite smoothie is simple - 1 cup skim milk, one container Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc), and one serving of whey protein (serving amounts differ with brands). I don't like plain milk so this makes sure I get my dairy, protein, and some fruit.

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9/8/13 8:19 P

IMO in really depends on what one's goal(s) is: please don't say "juicing is bad" especially if done in moderation and the goal is nutrient density. People do take in some great nutrition in terms of veggies that may not be taken otherwise. -- Also, better juicing than popping a vitamin (just sayin').

As always, the challenge is finding balance! Too much of anything is usually not the best choice.

RKING10 Posts: 152
9/8/13 4:34 P

Yes, I use the whole fruits or vegetables. It was just saying that people are consuming way too much sugar by relying on these smoothies-which I can definitely see the concern, but I pay close attention to my sugar intake.Thanks for all of the responses!

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9/8/13 4:04 P

As long as you are using whole fruits and not juice, smoothies are fine.

Juicing is bad because you are talking out the fiber--which has great health benefits and makes you feel full--but leaving in all of the sugar/carbs.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,807
9/8/13 3:58 P

I agree that smoothies made with whole fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen) and thrown into the blender that keeps all the good stuff there is good. Using a juicer that removes the good stuff is not so good. And they're a pain to clean.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
9/8/13 3:39 P

That's true but ... aren't you?

When you make a smoothie with berries, you do chuck whole fruits in there, don't you?

The failure to get the full benefit is talking more about juicing, where there's pulp and fibre left over that is discarded.

RKING10 Posts: 152
9/8/13 3:09 P

Alright so I am a big smoothie drinker-almost every breakfast is a smoothie made with almond milk, berries, and protein. I am now reading articles that smoothies are bad for you and you don't reap the health benefits if you aren't fully eating the fruit. Opinions?

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