Health Female Adda
10 months ago
The Shocking Number of Calories in My "Healthy" Smoothie

I hopped on the smoothie train and rode that obsession hard. I was all about green smoothies, protein smoothies, and thick and creamy overnight oats smoothies. There really were no ingredients I wouldn't add, and I loved creating new smoothie concoctions in the search of the ultimate perfect smoothie. And aside from loving that they were quick and easy, especially when I made smoothie freezer packs, I was also doing it to lose weight. Smoothies for weight loss was the newest miracle thing, right? But why then was I not losing a single godd*mn pound?

Maybe my smoothie was more calories than I thought. I blissfully added healthy ingredients to my blender, not following a recipe, and definitely just eyeballing amounts. So could it be that I was adding too much? I decided to measure out what I was throwing in, and here it is (no judgements!):

2 cups loosley packed baby spinach: 20 calories, 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein
1 frozen banana: 105 calories, 3.1 grams fiber, 1.3 grams protein
1/2 cup frozen blueberries: 42 calories,1.8 grams fiber, .5 grams protein
1/4 cup frozen mango: 25 calories, .7 grams fiber, .3 grams protein
1/2 avocado: 161 calories, 6.7 grams fiber, 2 grams protein
1 tablespoon flaxmeal: 37 calories, 2 grams fiber, 1 gram protein
1 tablespoon peanut butter: 95 calories, 1.5 grams fiber, 4 grams protein
1 scoop vanilla protein powder: 150 calories, 2 grams fiber, 30 grams protein
2 cups vanilla soy milk: 200 calories, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams protein

Total: 835 calories (!), 19 grams fiber, 47.1 grams protein

Granted, I was sipping on this gargantuan smoothie on and off for about an hour, but still! That's more than half my daily calories for one meal. I was floored. But then I started shaking my head, and it all made sense why I wasn't losing weight, even though I was exercising more.

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