5 Fit and Fruity Smoothies
Smoothies make for a light and refreshing meal—but some can cause you to overeat. Break out your blender and whip up one of these expert-approved recipes at home
If something is made of mostly fruit it must be healthy, right? Oh, if it were only that easy.
It’s hard to believe that something you slurp through a straw could possibly be a belly buster, but some smoothie’s nutrition facts can even give the most indulgent desserts a fun for their money. More often than not, these drinks are packed with sugar and fail to fill you up—so it’s easy to add 300 calories to your day if you don’t adjust your eating to compensate. The smartest smoothies are meal replacements that feature the nutrient balance you need to keep your energy up and help you feel fuller longer, says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for Jamba Juice, which just launched Fit ‘n Fruitful, a new line of meal replacement smoothies. “A smoothie should contain fiber, protein, and at least a couple servings of real fruit,” says Gidus, who is also nutritionist to the Orlando Magic. To help you blend your own healthy, hearty smoothies at home, Gidus shared a few of her favorites. Each packs at least 2 servings of fruit—or veggies—and packs plenty of protein and fiber so your smoothie doesn’t turn into an opportunity to overeat. (Search: Which fruits and vegetables are in season?)