Hidden Calories in Fruit Smoothies
Are you trying not to gain weight, and do you drink fruit smoothies, because you think they are healthy? Well, watch out!
Many fruit smoothies contain added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup and are so high in calories, that they sabotage your diet, than help you lose weight. The key here really is in the ingredients. Check if the fruit smoothie contains added sugar, or syrup. Many fruit flavourings added to smoothie are loaded with sugar, so they seem healthy, but they’re really not. They syrups, flavouring and added sugar really pack on the calories and promote fat storage.
A healthy smoothie should be made from fresh seasonal fruit, instead of fruit concentrate (since that contains added sugar) and should contain plain yogurt instead of ice cream or frozen yogurt. Using actual fruit and plain yogurt will reduce the calories by half and don’t forget will contain only naturally occurring sugar from fruit. A real fresh smoothie as described above is also packed with essential calcium, vitamin and antioxidants which truly make it good for health.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Fitho Recipe- Strawberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie
Need a great breakfast, mid day snack, or a post workout shake?
Here it is: Take 6-8 strawberries, 1 ripe banana, 2 cups plain low fat yoghurt, 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla essence and blend it all in a food processor. This makes 3-4 servings.
This shake is loaded with fiber, protein and good carbohydrates to keep you going for longer, besides all the vitamins and antioxidants from the fruits and honey. Each serving of this smoothie should be about 60-80 calories. This smoothie also has a medium glycemic index.
So, make yourself this smoothie and enjoy it knowing that its good for you This strawberry smoothie is a great post workout snack!
To make this a weight gain smoothie, swap the yoghurt with vanilla ice cream. Don’t worry, ice cream can be healthy.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo