All smoothies are good for you, right? Not always. Some smoothies can unknowingly drop the extra sugar on you like a cloud drops rain in a storm. Get the nutrients you need, without the extra sugar by knowing where sugar can hide.
If you make your smoothies at home, you control what goes in, but even when you order a smoothie from a restaurant, you can make modifications to suit your needs.
There is no reason to add commercially made juice to a smoothie — especially if you’re using fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies. Fruit has far more nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber than juice. Instead, try water, or a plant-based beverage.
AVOID SMOOTHIE ‘MIXES’
Many stores sell frozen smoothie packets for you throw in the blender with a little liquid. However, these often have added sugars, so you’re better off making your own using the unsweetened frozen fruit a few feet down the aisle.
GO FOR UNSWEETENED FRUIT
Be mindful if you’re using frozen fruit by picking up the unsweetened version instead of sweetened.
MIX IN SOME GREENS
Although they are a good source of nutrients, fruits do often have more calories than veggies. If you’re new to greens in your smoothies, gradually cut back a bit on the fruit in your smoothie and slowly add in some spinach, kale, celery, parsley, or other greens. Toss in a slash of lemon to balance out any bitterness in your greens.
TRY A NEW RECIPE
If you’re looking for some delicious recipes with no fruit juice, or added sugar, we’ve got you covered.
Blueberry Lemon Tart Smoothie; this simple smoothie will have you saying “today is a good day to have a good day”.
Cucumber Kale Smoothie; this no-sugar smoothie hits the spot when you are looking to add more greens to your smoothie.
Ultimate Green Smoothie; take your smoothie up a level with the combination of ginger and lemon.
If you’re looking for more recipe options check out the smoothie section of our recipe center.