All smoothies are NOT healthy.
Truth: Not all smoothies are created equal. The health benefits of a smoothie depend on the choice of ingredients as well as the quality and quantity of each ingredient.
Ingredients to avoid in smoothies:
- Excessive fruit juice/fruit
- Added sugar
- Artificial sweeteners
- Peanut butter
- Cheap protein powders
- Tap water
Healthy smoothie ingredients:
- Pure spring water
- Raw coconut water
- Unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- Raw organic milk (if tolerated)
- Fresh and frozen fruit
- Herbs and spices
- Super foods like cacao, camu camu, chlorella, and greens powder
- High quality protein powder
- Chai or flaxseed
- Organic nut butter
- Greens powders
- Raw honey, in small amounts
- Hemp seeds or powder
Quality: Look for cold-pressed, raw, organic, HPP (high pressure processing), no added sugar. Healthy brands include Suja, Evolution, and more. Check your local area for cafes and health food stores that make fresh juices and smoothies.
Avoid: Naked, Odwalla, Bolthouse, V8.
Quantity: We are talking about the amount of sugar here. Even though the sugar may be coming from fruit, the body knows no difference. Blood sugar spikes from a “healthy” smoothie cause such detriment to the body that smoothies, such as those listed below, are actually quite unhealthy.
- Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean Breeze smoothie = 67 g sugar in a medium (16.5 teaspoons of sugar).
- Jamba Juice Banana Berry “make it light” Smoothie = 45 g sugar in a medium (11 teaspoons of sugar). Eeeekkkk!
Bottom Line: Don’t assume all smoothies are healthy.
- The list of ingredients
- The quality of the ingredients
- Total sugar amount (check serving size).
Be picky and/or make your own at home.