Are smoothies really good for you?

My clients always ask me "Are smoothies really good for you?  Aren't they high calorie, high carbohdrate treats? The answer is YES!  Smoothies are good for you!  They are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and powerful phytochemicals that can improve your health, give you energy and vitality, and help prevent certain diseases and cancer.   It is true that some smoothies can be high calorie sugar bombs.  But,  if you use healthy ingredients, they can be a delicious and low calorie breakfast or snack.

Here are some great smoothie recipes that I love!

Green Tea Smoothie 150 calories, 1 g fat, 4 g fiber Delicious and packed with powerful antioxidants!

1 cup ice cubes 1 cup honey dew melon diced 1/4 cup cucumber slices 2 teaspoons agave nectar Fresh mint 1/2 teaspoon matcha (green tea powder) or 1/2 cup green tea brewed and iced

Mountain Natural's Green Machine 200 calories Antony's simple and delicious recipe from Mountain Naturals in Aspen!

8 ounces vanilla soy milk 1 scoop Greens First (green drink) 1 banana 1 cup ice cubes

Antioxidant Berry Punch

150 calories, 2 g fat, 6 g fiber

1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1 teaspoon flax seed

1/4 cup silken tofu drained 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 2 teaspoons agave 1/8 teaspoon cardamon