Smoothies can be extremely healthy. But some food chains market the high sugar smoothies as a healthy food. Chocolate, artificial flavored syrups or frozen yogurts when added to a smoothie may diminish healthy benefits of other ingredients.
Healthy choice: Watch out for ingredients in your smoothie. A healthy smoothie may contain only natural fruits and vegetables, plain yogurt, ice, milk or protein powder. Make sure there is nothing artificial in it.
Avocados are superfoods loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and healthy fats. However, people watching calories should be careful with avocados.
A single avocado contains over 350 calories. Many people eat en entire avocado or more as a snack, without realizing how high in calories it is.
Healthy choice: Leaving half of an avocado for the next meal might not be appealing. Avocados tend to turn brown when oxidized. If this happened, simply scrape off the top layer and eat the green part. To avoid this, cover your avocado with clear plastic wrap and store it in the fridge.