If weight loss is your goal and you usually put together a few healthy smoothies for your morning breakfast, then you need to read this. While it packs a lot of nutrition, your smoothie can quickly turn into a dessert full of calories and dessert if you add any one of these ingredients.
Flavoured yoghurt: Yes, yoghurt gives a smooth texture to your smoothies but the flavoured one is only going to pack too much sugar into your smoothie. Instead, add some real fruit to your smoothies like strawberry or blueberry to enhance the flavour.
Honey: Many smoothie recipes include honey but just a few tablespoons can add up to 200 calories. Fruit is sweet on its own and adding any other sweetener is only going to increase its sugar content.
Canned fruits: Also avoid adding any canned fruit to your smoothie as it is packed with sugar syrup and other nasty additives. Also, the vitamins are lost in the canning process so you basically get no nutrition.
Choco chips: You may love your smoothie to taste like chocolate shake but just a quarter cup of choco chips can add up to 280 calories and around 30g of sugar to your smoothie.
Nut butter: If weight loss is your goal, avoid adding nut butter to your smoothie. Yes, they are great for satiety but just a tablespoon can add around 100 calories including the no-sugar-added verities of peanut butter.