Smoothies continue to be popular choices for fast snacks, tasty treats and sources of hydration but what is their nutritional value?
The nutritional value of smoothies depends on how they are made. If they are made with fruit juice, fruit puree, yogurt and or milk they can be good sources of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. One downside of many smoothies is their large size, with some as large as 40 ounces.
Smoothies on our campus are 16 ounces in size and average about 330 calories, unless you add more fruit or soy protein powder. Smoothies can provide a good pick-me-up between meals but since they generally contain very little protein they won’t keep you feeling full for long.
If you enjoy smoothies remember to count them as a part of your daily fruit intake so you don’t double up on calories. Learn more about the nutrition in our campus smoothies by visiting - http://www.menus.wustl.edu/label.asp?locationNum=20&locationName=%3CBR%3ECampus+Menu+Favorites&dtdate=9%2F15%2F2010&RecNumAndPort=233018%2A16