Drink This, Not That: Smoothies

A strawberry smoothie in a glass on a wooden table

The weather is heating up which means it’s time for a summertime favorite; smoothies! Smoothies can be a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially when they are packed with fruit and even vegetables. Smoothies can be a filling meal when adding some protein to the mix. All that said, smoothies can be a sneaky source of sugar. Fruit smoothies are expected to have some natural sugar; however, it is the ADDED sugar that we need to be aware of. Making smoothies at home is always a great option since you can control exactly what goes into it. Grab your favorite frozen fruit, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, protein powder of your choice, and favorite milk or water and blend away! If you do order a smoothie from a restaurant, be sure to check the nutrition facts before ordering. Most chain restaurants will have the nutrition facts available. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions like no sugar added or a scoop of protein powder.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Eat This: Paradise Point (No sugar added, add whey protein)
Calories: 295 calories
Sugar: 38g
Protein: 25g

Not That: Paradise Point
Calories: 430 calories
Sugar: 92g
Protein: 3g

Meet Becca

Becca is a MUSC Dietetic Intern with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from High Point University and master’s degree in nutrition and physical activity from James Madison University. Becca’s concentration in the MUSC Dietetic Internship program is Community Nutrition Promotion. She is looking forward to improving the health and quality of life of her patients through nutrition in the future.