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Want A Healthier Smoothie?

I often talk with customers agonizing over which low-sugar product they should choose; "Should I buy the one with 1 gram of sugar, or the one with 2 grams of sugar?". What makes it funny is, often they are holding a styrofoam cup from a smoothie place in their hand, while they try to make this decision.

 

When I tell them that the smoothie they just drank has an average of eighty (80) grams of sugar in it, they look at me like a deer caught in the headlights. They look stunned. How can this be? You thought that smoothies were healthy and good for you.

 

I've looked into this and found that some of the "muscle builder" type smoothies have over 150 grams of sugar. That's 600 calories from sugar! In one smoothie. Ah, but it's "Turbinado sugar", they say. Big deal, that means that it's brown and has bigger crystals. But it's still sugar. You've been had, kiddo.

 

Now, I've got no problem consuming a product with a lot of sugar in it, if I know what I'm taking. It just burns me up that these "smoothie operators" are making a ton of money, fooling you. These guys know that if they told you how much sugar was in their products, they would go out of business.

 

Most of the smoothie places conveniently leave sugar content out of their nutritional information. They tell you how much protein and fat are in there; they just don't tell you how much sugar. SNS has always operated under the assumption that fully informed customers are better customers. The more you know, the better the customer you are. I don't like to be fooled and I know that you don't either. Support businesses that treat you like an intelligent person and don't keep you on a "need to know" basis.

There's one sure way to make sure that your smoothies contain what you want, and don't contain what you don't want; make them yourself. All you need is a decent blender, a good protein powder or meal replacement mix, juice, yogurt, and frozen fruit. You can whip up a healthy, tasty, filling meal in minutes.

Here's just one formula that I call "Mike's Mix" that I use for my morning smoothie. I start with SNS Nutri Plex as the base, add one cup of yogurt, calcium-enriched orange juice, and frozen fruit. I buy the yogurt, juice, and fruit in bulk at the warehouse store.

Put 1 1/2 scoops of Nutriplex in the blender, add the yogurt and six to eight ounces of juice and blend until smooth. Then add about 2/3 cup to one cup of frozen fruit and blend again. (You may find that you like more or less juice, or more or less fruit, to suit your taste for thicker or thinner smoothies). Now, I eat a lot, and this makes about two smoothies from one of the stores, so you may want to divide the above formula in half.

Using half of the above ingredients, the nutritional totals of this smoothie will be:
Calories = 292
Carbohydrates = 52 grams
Sugars = 32 grams
Protein = 16 grams
Fat = 2.5 grams

You can make your smoothie even lower in carbs and sugars by using sugar-free drink mixes, or using ice instead of real fruit. You can also find sugar-free yogurts. The point being, you can make exactly the smoothie that you thought you were getting at the smoothie store.

Here's another recipe, for those of you who crave chocolate stuff. Use Chocolate flavor Nutri Plex, add 8-10 ounces of skim milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter (I know it sounds weird, but trust me), and ice. I'm not kidding when I say that you can't tell it isn't an ice cream shop milk shake, and you get a whole lot better nutrition. Try out these numbers (remember that I make enough for two) when using one-half of my formula; 243 calories, 26 grams of carbs, 10 grams of sugars, 18 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fat. Compare those numbers to a real milk shake, then compare the taste, and you'll be hooked!

What's even better about your own smoothie made with Nutri Plex, is that you get a whole lot more nutrition, with more vitamins and minerals than most smoothies at the smoothie shops.

Don't settle for what the smoothie shops want to sell you; make your own.


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