Is It Ever Okay To Drink Your Calories?

Kiwi-Honeydew Smoothie

After reviewing the Lehman family’s food journals the past few weeks, I’ve found that they get more fruit servings a day when they drink a smoothie for breakfast. Their smoothies usually contain a banana, a cup of berries and orange juice—3 servings of fruit! Sometimes they put spinach in their smoothies, adding a serving of vegetables.

Although smoothies can be a healthy drink, some are better than others. In fact, I usually tell people to eat, not drink, their calories. I say this because beverage calories add up quickly and for many of our favorite drinks–sodas, caramel lattes, shakes, energy drinks, cocktails–those calories come in the form of sugar.

Plus, it’s easy to forget those calories and not count them. In fact, drinks are often left out even when people keep a food journal. When I review logs and ask people about their beverages intake, they are shocked to find out how many calories they’ve been drinking each day.

So if you want to jump on the smoothie bandwagon, here are the top two smoothie do’s I shared with the Lehmans:

Do Ask How it’s Made. Smoothies sold at shops or health clubs may be comprised of sugary mixes rather than real fruit. Ask about the ingredients before ordering or, better yet, make your own smoothies at home so you know exactly what’s in them.

Do Add in Protein. That makes it more filling. To boost the protein, pour in some regular milk, soy milk or plain Greek yogurt.

Go here for more smoothie do’s and dont’s.

What’s your favorite smoothie combination? Post a comment and tell me!

4 Responses to “Is It Ever Okay To Drink Your Calories?”

  1. My favorite smoothie consist of strawberries, vanilla stevia, orange stevia and water. To me the vanilla stevia gives it some what of a creamy flavor, simply because I associate vanilla with ice cream. It taste great and is very low in calories.

  2. Here’s my smoothie version:
    frozen berries,non-fat plain greek yogurt, unsweetened plain almond milk, juice or water, chia seeds, and sometimes ginger and carrots

    I love the chia seeds. I usually have my smoothies in mid-late afternoon. Lets me feed my babes, and make smarter dinner choices for us because I am not starving and grabbing for quick fixes. :)

  3. banana, vanilla, water, ice .. that’s it …. divine!

  4. My favorite smoothie is banana/stawberry/cranberry/carrots/skim milk.