You may not realize it, but your morning smoothie could be adding hundreds of unwanted calories to your daily intake.

A basic smoothie with a couple of ingredients tastes great and is low on calories. But it’s easy to start adding ingredients to it, and before you know it, your once healthy and low-calorie smoothie is now full of calories, fat, and sugar.

Even the greenest of smoothies can make you gain weight - or diminish your weight loss efforts - if you aren’t careful with the ingredients.

What’s the solution, though?

Keep it simple. Yes, it doesn’t sound exciting and certainly doesn’t make for an awesome recipe to post on Instagram. But it’s by far the best solution. Adding more ingredients to a smoothie doesn’t guarantee it’ll be better. In most cases, it makes for a ‘meh’ taste that is loaded with calories and is difficult to digest.

5 pointers to keep your smoothie nutritious, low sugar & low calorie:

1. Go for an unsweetened non-dairy milk alternative (coconut, cashew, rice, oat,etc.), or water as the liquid base. 

 2. Adding a serving of fruit to the mix is a great way to sweeten it up without using sugar. No more than up to 1 cup for a single serving - Good options include apple, berries, banana, pear, kiwi, watermelon, durian, mango, and pineapple. You can use frozen fruit to thicken the smoothie up and make it more creamy. 

 3. Load it up with vegetables. Leafy greens  like kale, spinach, parsley, watercress, cabbage, etc. are your best option here. No more than a handful or 1 cup for a single serving. They have minimal calories, go well with most types of fruit, and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

4. Spices! Spices have been used for thousands of years for their healing powers and adding a pinch to a smoothie is an easy way to add some extra health benefits & flavor without tons of calories and sugar.  Use whole spices and grind them for best flavor otherwise you can buy them powdered at most grocers.

Do your research and find the spices that fit your flavor palate. Some of our favorites - Cardamom, Turmeric, Cloves, Cumin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Saffron, Fennel Seeds, Ginger, Fenugreek Seeds, Allspice, Cayenne, Star Anise, Peppercorns, Coriander Seed, Vanilla Bean

5. Add a healthy fat boost!  Choose one, choose organic -  Avocado, a spoonful of nut butter, powdered peanut butter or coconut oil

6. EVERYBODY NEEDS PROTEIN!  Give your smoothie a natural protein boost! Add one serving of SLIM GOODIE Plant Protein - HEMP PRO+, RICE PRO BLEND  or PEA PRO9 for organic protein with added superfoods & herbs. Low carb, low calorie, a superb way to take your smoothie to the next level.

That’s it. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to make dozens of low-calorie, tasty, and healthy smoothies. Let us know what combo's you try.