Watch It With the Smoothies!

And here you thought you were just doing something really good for your body. Well, while many health shakes and smoothies are just that; good for you, many are just sugar laden, calorie loaded diet traps, all dressed up to look like healthy drinks because they have some fruit and/or yogurt in them.

Don't be fooled!

Here's how to make sure your health shake or smoothie is really the smart choice that you intended for it to be:

Less is more

Of course it is. Not more than 3 to 4 ingredients. And remember that fruits like banana and dates are high in calories. Not a sin, but when you add in the milk, sugar and a few other items, the calorie count does start to escalate.

Skip the sugar
Yes. Rough it for a change! While it might taste a bit more 'raw' and less sweet, it's a better way to go, especially if you're one who does the smoothie thing frequently.

Low fat milk or yogurt only, please!

Cut out calories by insisting upon the skimmed down version of thsese items. Will save you a ton of calories in the long run.

Get the smaller size

Going for the jumbo, super large, 20 ounce doesn't really make a whole lot of sense if you're trying to watch your cals, does it? Of course, it doesn't!
Stick to the small or medium and leave the larger sizes alone! That one tip might help keep you from being a larger size yourself!

So, still do your smoothies, but not too often, and tweak them a little to make them just that much healthier and less calorie filled. Then, it really will be the healthier choice.

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