I have daily smoothies. I include: 1 to 2 cups of kale, two spoon fulls of yogurt, a banana and three frozen strawberries. I used to include fruit juice (orange or pineapple) but have switched to coconut water to reduce sugar.
My problem is the sugar. I'm trying to lose weight and along with a healthy diet and exercise, I'm trying to reduce my sugar wherever I can. I've also been drinking coconut water alone to change up from water throughout the day. The coconut water has 15 grams of sugar per bottle.
My question is...is coconut water THAT bad for you? What liquid can I use in smoothies? Anyone have any good suggestions for replace yogurt?
Hey there, what your drinking is super healthy the way it is so good job! Some suggestions would be...
When you buy coconut water make sure it's pure, try getting it from health food stores and always check the label to see how much sugar.
An alternative to drinking coconut water would be... just plain water with a dash of lemon, lime or ginger... or no sugar ice teas which you can buy or make yourself.
Yoghurt is great just make sure your using Greek yoghurt or other healthy, nutrient rich, low fat yoghurts. You don't need to add much.
Some smoothies you don't even need a liquid, you could add ice cubes or really juicy fruits such as watermelon.
Another thing you could try is soy or almond milk.
Hope I could help a lil
That's a great idea! That would help get some variety with the types of smoothies I could make too. I'm sure coconut water in smoothies might get old after a while.
Thanks for the advice!!!
No smoothie is gonna be good for you unless you load it up with veggies just that yogurt alone has a ton of fat in it and so do the coconut products. Try changing up your recipe like something with kale and mint as the base of it.