(HealthDay News) -- While a smoothie can be a nutritious alternative to a regular meal, many smoothies are loaded with sugar and lack sufficient protein.
The American Council on Exercise
suggests how to make a smoothie that's more nutritious:
Start with a heaping portion of romaine, chard, kale, parsley, mint or any other green leafy vegetable.
Add fruit to sweeten the smoothie instead of added sugar. But ensure that the mix of greens is twice as much as fruit to keep calories down.
Add protein in the form of protein powder, non-fat milk, Greek yogurt, nuts, nut butter or hemp seeds.
Add a liquid to make it easier to blend, such as coconut water, water or unsweetened nut milk.
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