Jul 31, 2019
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Right when smoothie shops first starting popping up I was hooked on @tropicalsmo…

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Right when smoothie shops first starting popping up I was hooked on @tropicalsmoothiecafe and loved their Health Nut smoothie with blueberries, banana, mango, almonds and protein. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’™
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I was drinking it all the time and feeling like such a health goddess for choosing the “healthy option” until one day I found out that the smoothie had a whopping 80 grams of sugar… because they add novo sugar to their smoothies!! 🀯
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Even then, years before I became a holistic nutritionist, I was baffled why you’d need to add sugar to something that’s already so sweet from all the fruit… anyhow, I’d still order it, but just specifically ask for it to be made without the 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar (which is just a fancy name for unprocessed sugar) AND without their β€œhealthy” alternative sweetener (aka @splenda) πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ, and then I finally just recreated the smoothie and started making it at home. This was around the time I got a @vitamix and realized that you can make thick and creamy smoothies that taste like they came from smoothie shop with that bad boy. πŸ™Œ
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This is just a little reminder that we don’t always know what’s in our food when we’re eating out at restaurants. Granted, nowadays restaurants are more transparent, many post nutritional info and ingredient lists BUT cooking at home is where it’s at when it comes to healthy eating. You know exactly what goes in the food, you control the portion sizes that you’re served and it’s also way cheaper than eating out. πŸ’―
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I definitely enjoy trying new lugar restaurants, but I’d say about 80% of my meals are cooked and eaten at home because I know how beneficial it is to my health. Plus, creating quick and easy, healthy meals is fun for me, obvi! ☺️
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Anyhow, long story short… this remake of the Health Nut Smoothie is on the blog today and it has 26 grams of sugar, all from the fruit, and it’s still plenty sweet! No additional sugar needed. Link is in my bio β€”> @eatingbirdfood

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Comments to Right when smoothie shops first starting popping up I was hooked on @tropicalsmo…

  • Yessss!! So true about not knowing what’s in our food when we dine out. This looks amazing and love the colour πŸ’œ

    vegansua July 31, 2019 8:41 pm Reply
  • πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻

    alexandras_eats July 31, 2019 8:42 pm Reply
  • Yes! I used to think tropical smoothie cafe was so healthy, until my friend who worked there told me what additional things they put in the smoothies 😳 I love making my own smoothies!

    thesimple_farmhouse July 31, 2019 9:05 pm Reply
  • Looks delicious πŸ˜‹

    danielle_christy_ July 31, 2019 9:14 pm Reply
  • Peanut paradise was my favorite until I just looked up the facts 😲😲 wtf

    spencemichael July 31, 2019 10:06 pm Reply
  • I only eat at home, creating my own dishes are more satisfying and healthy ! Only fruits I can eat are blueberries and pears due to low glycemic ! My husband Son loves all my creations ! Even tho I live in my kitchen, chopping endlessly, it’s so worth it. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

    beachgirlltb July 31, 2019 10:38 pm Reply
  • Yumm😍😍 they look so lush πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

    goodnessavenue July 31, 2019 11:22 pm Reply
  • Yum! Looks delicious! Do you have that every day? 😍

    lotustouchmassagelondon August 1, 2019 12:04 am Reply
  • Love the fruity nutty combo

    gingrandspice August 1, 2019 12:12 am Reply
  • Like Michael Pollan says – we can eat whatever we want as long as we cook it ourselves at home. If I had to actually fry French fries at home every time I wanted them – I wouldn’t eat nearly as many! And even if I did – they would be made healthier!

    kitlifeplanners August 1, 2019 1:05 am Reply
  • What a beautiful color!!

    samandherhealth August 1, 2019 1:14 am Reply
  • Just gorgeous!!!

    naturallycleaneats August 1, 2019 3:00 am Reply
  • Smoothie shops are seriously everywhere now πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    scorpioandoils August 1, 2019 4:52 am Reply
  • My husband and I had the exact same thing happen!! We literally would go to happy hour there 2-3 times per week until we looked at the nutrition information!You don’t realize how much sugar can be added until you start looking at labels. 😳😳 but recreations definitely make things better!

    cassclaycooking August 1, 2019 10:12 am Reply
  • These are stunning!

    fitandwellmedgal August 1, 2019 12:36 pm Reply
  • Yum! πŸ€—

    ruthannebigleywellness August 1, 2019 2:44 pm Reply
  • Great reminder for folks to be aware and ask questions about what the heck is in things we order? Same goes for coffee drinks. I enjoy a mocha, but when I read how much sugar the big chains use I was stunned. Now I make at home or ask for fewer pumps of syrup if I’m out somewhere.

    allyinwellness August 1, 2019 3:52 pm Reply
  • My daughter worked at Tropical Smoothie for a year, some of them (if not all) have mind blowing amounts of sugar. I’m sad they aren’t healthy like people assume.

    jen_fugate August 1, 2019 10:22 pm Reply
  • ❀️

    iamcmbryant August 2, 2019 1:16 am Reply
  • I so Wanna have it ❀️

    roy_disha August 2, 2019 2:44 am Reply
  • Love a good ol smooooooothie πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    elizabethmhoward August 2, 2019 4:21 pm Reply
  • Que ricoooo lo hare en casa 😍

    yo_amo_micuerpo.fernut August 2, 2019 7:56 pm Reply
  • Pure deliciousness πŸ˜‹

    vivacitybuzz August 4, 2019 5:21 pm Reply
  • delicious πŸ˜‹

    __averylynn__ January 5, 2020 1:35 pm Reply

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