When done right, smoothies can be a convenient way to down a few servings of fruits and vegetables.
Some whole fruit, some ice, maybe a tablespoon of nut butter—that's a solid fueling option. However, most smoothies you'll find at national chains are far less healthy.
A small Aloha Pineapple Smoothie from Jamba Juice, for example, contains 310 calories and 67 grams of sugar.
While the company touts that it contains real bananas and strawberries, their overall presence is fairly minimal.
This is evidenced by the fact the drink contains just 2 grams of dietary fiber, while a medium-sized banana contains 3.1 grams.
The flavor comes from pineapple juice (the number one ingredient) and pineapple sherbet (the number three ingredient), both of which are loaded with sugar.
Most commercial acai bowls aren't much better.
Long story short—if you truly want a healthy smoothie, your best route is buying a blender and making them at home.
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