7 Best Store-Bought Smoothies
by Perri O. Blumberg
Smoothies can be a boon for burning fat and beating the bloat, but when you buy them from a juice bar or supermarket shelf, they can come loaded with more sugar and calories than a Snickers bar!
But if you don’t have time to shop for ingredients and blend up a DIY glass of green goodness, that doesn’t mean you have to down a dessert. Healthy store-bought smoothies do exist. Read on for the best you can buy.
When you’re craving: Innovative Flavors
Try: PALETA MAGIC MILKSHAKES
Power your way through your morning or afternoon with this wholesome line of nutrient-dense smoothies. A line of eight organic and cold-pressed milkshakes nourishes your body with flavors — from Chocolate Hazelnut to Pumpkin Pie — that will leave your co-workers envious.
Paleta Pumpkin Pie smoothie: 200 calories, 23 g carbs, 11 g sugar
When you’re craving: Something Savory
Try: Tio Gazpacho
Gazpacho in the fall, you say? The summertime soup gets new life in this line of chilled vegetable smoothies, which come in Classic, Gazpacho Verde and Gazpacho Del Sol flavors. They’re all loaded with veggies, but we love the Gazpacho Verde for its unique combo of kale, spinach, avocado (a perfect weight loss food!) and mint.
Tio Classic Gazpacho: 100 calories, 7 g fat (1 g sat fat), 3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein
When you're craving: Healthy Fuel On the Go
Try: Aloha Daily Good Greens
Say Hel-loha to these sleek, compact pouches of daily greens. Each pouch has a base of 14 superfoods, from organic enoki mushrooms to organic wild blueberries. Varieties include chocolate, original and berry, and each offers two or more whole servings of fruits and veggies. Slip them into yogurt and blend with ice for a quick smoothie, or drink them straight in water.
Aloha Daily Good Greens Original: 35 calories, 0 g fat, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 2 g protein
When you’re craving: A Post-Workout Shake
Ah, if only the hardest question we faced all day were, “Blueberry-Vanilla, Strawberry-Banana or Chocolate?” These naturally flavored shakes have 15 g of whey protein isolate and more than 20 vitamins and minerals in each bottle. How to choose? Luckily, all the flavors have an array of antioxidants and are free of caffeine, gluten, soy and lactose.
Mix1 Strawberry Banana: 230 calories, 6 g fiber, 26 g protein
When you’re craving: Tropical Flavors That Rival Any Tiki Bar
Try: SUJA Essentials
With inventive flavors like Sunrise Probiotic (chia seeds, probiotics, apple juice, strawberry puree) and Sweet Beets, getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies is pretty darn easy. The entire line is packed with healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3s, amino acids and plenty of vitamins and minerals.
SUJA Essentials Mighty Greens: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 16 g carbs, 13 g sugar, 1 g protein
When you’re craving: A DIY Smoothie Without The Hassle
Try: The Green Blender
For nights when you’re feeling more ambitious than heading to Jamba Juice but don’t quite have the werewithal to make a weight-loss shake from scratch, this service delivers kits and recipes — enough to make ten smoothies a week. All the recipes include antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies and a good balance of fiber and protein. Butternut Squash Super Smoothie with slimming cinnamon, anyone? (Use code “EatThis” for 20% off your first box)
Nutritional information varies widely. You might want to inquire before buying.
When you’re craving: A Protein Lift That Isn’t Too Heavy
Try: The Juice Generation Hemp Protein Milk
With 12 grams of protein, this organic, gluten-free and vegan shake beats any chalky-tasting protein drink you’ve ever had post-workout. Made with only four ingredients (raw hemp seeds, dates, vanilla bean and filtered water), this is a clean source of liquid protein we can get behind. Slip in more protein powder for an added boost, or pair it with a handful of the best nuts for weight loss for a protein-rich snack.
The Juice Generation Hemp Protein Milk: 290 calories, 18 g fat, 21 g carbs, 9 g sugar, 12 g protein
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