Choosing the right Smoothie!

With summer just around the corner, you will notice more and more fast food restaurants and coffee shops offering fruit smoothies as a beverage choice. Be aware that many of these “fruit smoothies” often have little real fruit and are packed with added sugars. To be cautious, you can always ask the serving attendant what they make it with….if fresh or frozen fruit is the majority of the ingredients than that’s great, but this is not the case most of the time.

Whether the smoothie is for yourself or your child, the best option would be to make the smoothie at home. Some ingredients that you can add to make a delicious, no sugar added smoothie, are:

  • Plain yogurt (Greek for a higher protein option)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Milk
  • 100% juice (try not to add more than ½ cup)
  • Fresh berries or fruit
  • Frozen berries or fruit
  • Kale
  • Ground flax (to help add some extra fibre)
  • Ice cubes (if you don’t use frozen berries and fruit)

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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