It’s February and American Heart Month. Although many people may have given up on their New Year’s resolutions to eat better this year, Lightsey Jett, registered dietitian nutritionist with Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center, says little improvements can go a long way.
Jett wants to remind you of some Health.gov recommendations on how to use smoothies to help you with your goals.
Some benefits of smoothies include:
Jett adds a word of caution to this recommendation. She says, “Although smoothies have many benefits, be aware that they can become high calorie quickly. It is important to monitor the quantity of calorie dense ingredients like peanut butter, avocados, sweetened milks like chocolate milk, vanilla almond milk and 100% fruit juices. Avoid use of ice creams, syrups and sugar-sweetened fruit juice; always check the calorie and sugar content of ingredients; and use measuring spoons and cups to keep portions of ingredients reasonable.”