Drinking a Naked™ smoothie is just like eating a vitamin-packed salad or a fresh apple…isn’t it?
No, it isn’t.
Naked™ shakes and other such commercial smoothies are becoming increasingly popular as people search for labels that include “superfood” and “organic” to support their health and fitness goals. But before you down that shake read the label carefully and learn the truth on Naked™ shakes.
Don’t Believe the Hype
Naked Juice™ – a subsidiary of PepsiCo™ – markets its juices beautifully. They are bright and pretty and the phrases are catchy. Unfortunately, they are extremely high in sugar, calories and acid – and very low in actual nutrition.
It turns out that its products are not as “all natural” as the company has been claiming. There is evidence that genetically modified food is used in products labeled Non-GMO, and artificial preservatives are mentioned in the class-action lawsuit filed in California. Not to mention Naked™ smoothies are loaded with calories and sugar. Naked’s Green Machine Smoothie™ has the same amount of calories as a large candy bar and more sugar than a can of cola.
What about Nutrition?
To make matters worse, there is less than 2.5 grams of true nutrition in a 16 ounce bottle. That is the equivalent of one new American penny.
Naked™ isn’t the only company marketing shakes, juices and smoothies that promise nutrition and healthy choices while giving you a whole lot of what you don’t need.
A smoothie comparison published in The Independent found that Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d packs a whopping 1,170 calories and 169 grams of sugar in the 30 ounce shake! That is the equivalent of 11 tablespoons of sugar in every smoothie.
The United Kingdom is cracking down on commercial food products in an effort to address the growing obesity epidemic, and it is evident that other countries, including the United States, should follow suit.
The Best Alternative
Instead of buying pre-packaged smoothies from the store that offer little nutrition for the sugar and caloric content, make your smoothies at home. It is fast and easy, takes less than 10 minutes, and the nutritional value is through the roof. Known in the organic world as “green smoothies,” they pack a nutritional punch you just can’t find over-the-counter.
You can mix and match ingredients, and cost per smoothie is far less than that of commercial bottles. The ingredients are fresh and suit your particular taste buds.
Essential Green Smoothie Recipe
¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk
½ cup of brewed green tea
¼ cup of raw oats
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
2 small handfuls of fresh spinach
2 stems of broccoli florets
1 avocado – peeled and pitted
1 whole orange – peeled and quartered
1 whole banana – peeled
½ cup of frozen fruit – berries, peaches, mango – whatever you like
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
Blend the almond milk, green tea, broccoli and spinach until smooth. Add the other ingredients and blend for another minute. Pour and serve!
This recipe makes approximately 2-20 ounce smoothies that are naturally low in fat and very high in nutrients, fiber and protein.
Juicing vs Green Smoothies
Champions of “juicing” remove all pulp from the final product as well as half the nutritional value.
Though the beverage is delicious and much more nutritious than eating nothing or drinking a pre-packaged smoothie – you will keep more of what your body needs by consuming a green smoothie instead.
Stick with Homemade…and Pulpy
Convenience is not worth compromising your nutrition goals. Whether you want to lose weight, get more fiber in your diet or simply enjoy an excellent nutritional pop instead of skipping breakfast, smoothies are the way to go—especially if you blend the fresh, raw ingredients in your own kitchen.
If you do opt to buy a commercial smoothie, read the label carefully and know the truth on Naked Shakes.