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Are Smoothies Healthy? 5 Ways Your Smoothie Is Making You Gain Weight

June 3, 2019

At Blue Diamond, we're always looking for new and creative ways to use our products like Almond Breeze. As you know, we're huge smoothie fans (see our plethora of smoothie recipes here), so when we read this article about how to make a smoothie healthier, we just had to share.

This post originally published prevention.com

By Mandy Ferreira and Tiffany Ayuda - May 29, 2019

Just because your smoothie is packed with fruits and vegetables doesn't mean it's low in calories or good for you. Even green smoothies can cause weight gain if you aren't careful about what you put in it. Whether it's store-bought or homemade, your favorite blended beverage might be disguising unwanted calories, sugar, and fat.

Is it healthy to have a smoothie for breakfast?

Yes, smoothies can make a healthy breakfast, as long as they're filled with a good balance of nutrients, including protein, carbs, and healthy fats, according to Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com, and author of Read It Before You Eat It - Taking You from Label to Table. Unlike juices, smoothies don't strip the fiber from vegetables and fruits so they're more filling.

"Smoothies can make a healthy breakfast, but they've evolved into having a health halo even if you put a lot of fruit juice and syrups into them," Taub-Dix says. "It can make you feel invigorated for a little bit because of the sugar high, but then you're left feeling hungry shortly afterward."

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