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Don’t Drink Your Calories!

July 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The idea for this post came from Women’s Health Magazine in an article called “Pimp Your Smoothie”. So the premise of the article is to drink smoothies under 300 calories for a slimmer body…Humm…300 calories doesn’t sound like much, but, it would depend on what else you ate that day.  A smoothie from any of the major chain restaurants can have a boat load of carbohydrates in them!  They seriously have enough carbs in them for the equivalent of a healthy meal minus the protein.

From the article, here is one of  the recipes:

Awesome Almond
Blend 1 small frozen banana, sliced; 3/4 cup kale, lightly packed, stems removed; 3/4 cup almond milk; 3/4 Tbsp almond butter; and 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger.

Serves 1. 233 cal, 8 g fat (<1 g sat), 37 g carbs, 134 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 6 g protein

So, let me just say that I’m all for smoothies, especially post workout smoothies, but, in my humble opinion, these recipes that call for 37 grams of carbs or more are WAY TOO HIGH IN CARBS.  My opinion is based on what is prescribed for the zone diet, which would be 27 grams of carbs in one meal along with 21 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat {For a woman on a 3 block meal plan}.   And, by comparison, a cola soda has 39 grams of carbs, no fats or proteins!

My version of the post-workout smoothie is water, ice, strawberries and bananas with one scoop of protein powder.

If you’re going to make that smoothie be a meal, then great.  Eat some chicken with it.

Just my two cents! Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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Tags: Nutrition · Questions for Readers · Zone Diet

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 susie // Jul 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I totally agree that you can fool yourself with smoothies and their calorie content. If you are going to make it a meal, it should be balanced protein and carbs as well as the micronutrients found in food. And then it would be a great meal replacement!

  • 2 Kelly // Jul 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Even worse if your drinking a peppermint while chocolate mocha (at 400 cal a serving!)

  • 3 Lea G // Jul 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I think so too. Sometimes, we thought that we are losing weight because we are drinking smoothies but truth is… we don’t! That’s why it’s important to know what you eat.
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