Tuesday Trade Up: Smoothies

Smoothies!! Everyone is drinking smoothies. I even saw a man bring a green smoothie into the movie theater this past weekend - that is some serious dedication!

In case you missed it, we ended 2012 with 4 Smoothies to Start Your New Year. But, let's say you are the person who tries to buy all the ingredients for a smoothie only to find all the veggies and fruit sitting in the bottom of your crisper at the end of the week, rotten. Today for our Tuesday Trade Up we have the perfect solution. Yoplait has recently started making individually portioned smoothie pouches. They make several varieties but, as you can see by the picture above, not all smoothies are created equal. The Greek yogurt smoothie has a Nuval score considerably higher than the regular yogurt smoothie also by Yoplait.

The difference in score is due to protein and sugar. The Greek yogurt smoothie has 5x the protein and only intrinsic (or naturally occurring) sugars while the original yogurt has added sugars. Depending on your personal philosophy on sweeteners, it is important to note that the Greek yogurt smoothie contains Stevia while the original yogurt smoothie contains sucralose (Splenda).

The Greek yogurt smoothie can also reach 10 grams of protein if you make it with milk as directed on the package. Whichever smoothie you decide to make, from scratch or from a package be sure to use NuVal to Trade Up your ingredients.

Take a closer look at our Trade Up:

Yoplait Smoothie Strawberry, Banana, Orange Smoothie with Greek Yogurt (NuVal score 93)
Ingredients: Strawberries, water, bananas, Greek yogurt (skim milk, yogurt cultures), organe juice concentrate, cream, gelatin, skim milk, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, pectin, natural flavor, rebiana (stevia extract).
Nutrition: 1 pouch
Calories 110, Total Fat 1.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 45mg, Total Carbohydrate 18g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 14g, Protein 5g (mixed with skim milk as directed provides 10g protein)

Yoplait Smoothie Strawberry Banana (NuVal score 49)
Ingredients: Strawberries, bananas, water, nonfat yogurt (skim milk, yogurt cultures), calcium phosphate, sugar, fructose, milk fat, corn starch, banana puree, non fat milk, gelatin, xanthan gum, pectin, carrageenan, sucralose, natural flavor, citric acid.
Nutrition: 1 pouch
Calories 70, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 30mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 10g, Protein 1g.

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