Friday, 14 September 2012

Healthy Weight : Keeping Smoothies Skinny

Beware: Smoothies are usually considered a meal and I'm a Smoothie Freak! Love em!
Smoothie Art
A large percentage of smoothies that are offered at on-the-go places have the same amount of calories as a meal. Liquid calories can be dangerous! There is also a large amount of sugar in smoothies (natural or added) and should be consumed in the morning or early afternoon so your body can burn off all that extra energy/sugar.

There's also healthy smoothies and then there's "smoothies" which are actually just milkshakes in disguise. Smoothies can be a great meal replacement if made correctly and be amazingly beneficial to your health. Adding Kale into your smoothie everyday is an easy way to get those extra greens.

A run down of some of the smoothies offered at "on-the-go" places:
Jugo Juice - a fav "on the go" one
Mc Donald's Peach Smoothie - 545g serving
320 calories / 70g carbohydrates (sugar) / 65g of sodium

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius - Strawberry Banana - 587g serving
320 calories / 82g carbs / added sugar and fructose corn syrup

Booster Juice - Mango Hurricane - 24oz
336 calories / 78g carbs (sugar)

Starbucks Strawberry Banana Smoothie (soy) - Grande
290 calories / 58g carbs (sugar)

To give you an understanding of how it compares to a restaurant breakfast:
A waffle at IHOP (no syrup/no butter) is
310 calories / 37g of carbs

Now I'm not saying go grab a waffle instead of a smoothie but I'm showing you that a smoothie is pretty much a meal and can sometimes be considered an unhealthy meal if you don't know what's going into it.

The BEST thing to do : Make them at home so you know what is going into them and how much is going into them. That way you can also make meal sized or snack size.

Here's an example of a smoothie I make at home most mornings for breakfast:
Magic Bullet - your best friend in the kitchen!

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • Handful of frozen mango chunks
  • Handful of blackberries
  • Large handful of Kale
  • 1 scoop of Vega (Natural) Energizing Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
Blend! and slurp!

Amazing added ingredients for smoothies:

Kale : High in Vitamins A, C & K. Great source of Iron and fights fatigue. I can notice a huge awesome difference in my skin when I add Kale.
Flax Seeds: Great source of fibre and Omega 3's.
Chia Seeds: High in calcium, iron and magnesium. They also contain Omega 3's.
Coconut Water: Filled with potassium and 5 different electrolytes. My favourite brand is Zico.

To milk or not to milk?
I'm not a fan of using milk but instead I like to use almond milk or soy milk. I find that milk is not easily digested by anyone and causes more harm then good.

What do you put into your smoothies? Are you a smoothie lover?



  1. Hi Michelle, do you taste the kale in the smoothies ? or is it just for health my daughter loves smoothies for breakfast but I am not to sure about the kale ,or can you suggest something else to substitute for it?
    Thanks Lori

  2. Hi Lori,
    100% you can NOT taste the Kale. At first thought I thought I would be able to taste it but I went for it one day and surprise.... no earthy taste! I'd stick with Kale.

  3. I have a juicer and NEVER use it. I need to get on that. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I've never been a crazy smoothie person, and part of that is that I know the ones you get out are usually packed with sugar and processed food. Yours sounds delicious!

    Alexandra xo


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