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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Fruit Smoothies

    3 posts, 3 voices, 873 views, started May 12, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 by Denise Richardson


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      They're Great for Reaching Your Daily Fiber Intake
      Blending chunks of whole fruit for smoothies lets you retain the natural fiber, unlike juicing, where the fiber or "pulp" is extracted. Fiber is indigestible, so it is virtually calorie-free. It's also a bulky substance, so you'll feel full with fewer calories. Fiber can also help stabilize your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol and regulate your bowel habits.  

      You Can Drink a Smoothie on the Way to Work
      Smoothies make for great meals on the run. Can't manage to hold a smoothie and your coffee cup at the same time? Try making a mocha-fruit smoothie. Combine 4 ounces of iced coffee or espresso and 8 ounces of nonfat milk. Add a half-cup frozen raspberries or other fruits and blend. Add a dash of sweetener, such as cinnamon, if desired and you're out the door with a caffeine-breakfast combo.

      They're Full of Antioxidants
      Fruit is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. Blending a colorful spectrum of purple (half-cup blueberries), orange (quarter-cup mango) and red (half-cup strawberries) frozen fruits, along with a half-cup each of nonfat milk and low-fat yogurt, and you're on your way toward better health.

      Skip the Juice and Grab the Milk
      Smoothies need a liquid base, and while it makes sense to throw in some apple or orange juice, a healthier option would be to add nonfat or low-fat dairy. Milk and yogurt provide bone-building calcium as well as protein, and juices fall short of both. If you're looking toward smoothies as a quick, easy meal, make it a well-rounded one by adding dairy.

      Fruit Smoothies Are Not Always Healthy
      Fruit smoothies offer many health benefits, but considering they typically contain a large amount of fruit, along with juice, whole milk and peanut butter, it's easy to pack on some pounds. Depending upon its size and ingredients, a smoothie can run up to well more than 1,000 calories per serving.


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