The average American consumes 22 to 28 teaspoons of added sugar a day mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or ordinary table sugar (sucrose).  Since its peak in 1999, intake from total sugars is down 8% and HFCS is down approximately 9% for the same time period, yet our obesity rates continue to rise dramatically during this same time period. First I would like to remind everyone that sugar from any source in non-nutritive, in other words – it’s just calories.  With few exceptions (like agave and corn syrup), most sweeteners and naturally occurring sugars in fruit break down into roughly half fructose and half glucose in the body (see the chart below). It is recommended that women should consumer no more than 100 calories (6 ? teaspoons) and men 150 calories (9 ? teaspoons) from added sugars a day, which is roughly 5% of a 2,000 a day diet.  It’s the excess that leads to the problems.
Limit fruit juice consumption to no more than 6-8 ounces a day.  Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages. Limit all added sugars (see chart above).  Even Agave syrup, which has become popular among the health conscious, it may be low on the glycemic index, but it will still affect your triglyceride level more than HFCS. Eat a balanced diet and get most of your calories from fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, meat, fish, poultry, and oils.  That doesn’t leave much room for empty calories! There’s just something about drinking 16 ounces of pure leafy green and fruit goodness that makes the skin glow.
Tip: Use protein and healthy fats in green smoothies if you are monitoring your blood sugar levels. Loving the smoothies, thanks for information on switching the ratio, was wondering about sugars. My husband just found out he has type 2 diabetes he began by drinking green shakes and he changed the way he eats. Okay, so I feel like a bit awkward asking this with all this healthy raw talk, but are there any natural sweeteners you would recommend for occasional smoothie use? The Kiwi Berry Punch is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie recipe that combine the best fruits and veggies for an optimal approach to healthy weight loss. The best part about a green smoothie–you can use a smoothie as a low-calorie meal replacement because they are full of fiber which keeps your body feeling fuller longer. You can always limit the amount of fruit in your green smoothie by flipping our Green Smoothie Formula on it’s head. Adding 8oz of Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, and a great addition to any recipe! Hi My husband and I have gone to smoothies while trying to cleanse him from the poison of chemo and radiation. We suggest checking out our Goji Berry Orange Smoothie it was created by Amanda and is chockfull of superfoods and antioxidants that aid the body’s healing process and give the immune system a boost!

We're Jen and Jadah, two friends raising our families on healthy, whole-food recipes mixed in with some ice cream and pizza. We've seen the amazing health benefits of green smoothies firsthand— from losing 27 pounds to getting more energy than a double shot of espresso. With so much medical jargon out there today, it’s hard to decipher what it all means and what you need to do to keep yourself and your family healthy. Improving our insulin sensitivity is a good thing, and can result from eating fewer carbohydrates and moving our bodies more.
EVOO – An Extra-Virgin Olive Oil diet (Mediterranean Style) can possibly reduce your risk by half when compared to people simply eating a low-fat diet. WALNUTS – Walnuts have polyunsaturated fats which have been found to help your body use insulin more efficiently. QUINOA – Quinoa contains magnesium, a mineral that helps to reduce insulin resistance. That is why we, Jadah and Jen, started creating recipes for green smoothies and sharing them with all of our friends— we want to help others start a healthy lifestyle too! Following this rule gives us adequate amounts of leafy greens, while still capturing the rawesome flavors of all the fruits we add! Yet for those who have been drinking green smoothies for a few weeks— this is a challenge worth going for.
We love blendin’ with NutriBullet, it’s a power packed blender and perfect when blending for one!
While weight loss is not the #1 goal at Simple Green Smoothies, it can be a happy accident. If you’re monitoring your blood sugar, we always recommend speaking with your doctor to be sure that green smoothies are a good choice for you, personally. We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us, and love hearing that our tips are making green smoothies even more accessible! We’re so excited to hear that our recipes are a great healthy option for your husband! I try to use fruit as a sweetener whenever possible (amen bananas), but sometimes I don’t have that option with the fruit on hand.
I’ve seen a green smoothie with green apple, cucumber, spinach and kale with chia seeds.

Did you know our co-founder Jadah lost over 25lbs in three months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie? Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of our community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Instead of blending 60% fruit with 40% leafy greens, blend 40% fruit with 60% leafy greens or use another ratio to meet your dietary needs. Adding more leafy greens gives our bodies access to more of their tasty nutrients (phytonutrients, protein, vitamins, antioxidants, and more), and using low sugar fruits keeps our green smoothies lean and mean! FYI: when blending in a NutriBullet we suggest halving our recipes and adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly. Talk about crash, brain fog, and an overwhelming desire to just put my head down and nap like a champ!
THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU CAN DO:  According to leading medical Drs, one single session of resistance exercise, such as lifting weights, improves insulin sensitivity for 24 hours. A recent study indicates that people who are fast eaters weigh an average of 18 pounds more than slower eaters. By doing this, you get all the fiber and essential vitamins without the high sugar content (which can affect people in different ways).
We really try to avoid overly processed sugar options and rather reach for natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or dates. In addition to the weight, fast eaters are much more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than slow eaters, two and half times more likely to be exact.
Anyway, I do appreciate you recommending that I not start putting all the greens in all at once.
I do want to ask, though, is it OK to add protein powders or power green powders to the smoothies.

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