Are Smoothies Just Sugary Drinks in Disguise?

  • Smoothies have a lot going for them: They’re tasty, portable and popular with kids. But do they really deserve a place at your table or in your cup holder? Take our quiz to learn whether smoothies pack proper nutrition or are simply sugary drinks in disguise.

  • Question 1 of 4

    The smoothies I buy at the grocery store are a great way to get fruit into my kids.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Most commercial smoothies are full of fruit juice and added sugars, which means they’re really just dressed-up sugary drinks. Our recommendation: Give them plain yogurt with fruit instead.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: False

    Most commercial smoothies are full of fruit juice and added sugars, which means they’re really just dressed-up sugary drinks. Our recommendation: Give them plain yogurt with fruit instead.

  • Question 2 of 4

    The green and/or fruit smoothies I make at home are a healthy way for my kids to get their fruits and veggies.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Even when smoothies are homemade and wholesome, we don’t recommend them for kids. Why? Because drinking smoothies doesn’t encourage kids to actually eat their veggies and fruits, which we know is much healthier than drinking them. Keep reading to find out why.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: False

    Even when smoothies are homemade and wholesome, we don’t recommend them for kids. Why? Because drinking smoothies doesn’t encourage kids to actually eat their veggies and fruits, which we know is much healthier than drinking them. Keep reading to find out why.

  • Question 3 of 4

    Eating veggies and fruits keeps you full longer than drinking them.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Blender blades break down fiber, a nutrient that keeps you full longer. Plus, eating solid food is more satisfying than swallowing a liquid.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: True

    Blender blades break down fiber, a nutrient that keeps you full longer. Plus, eating solid food is more satisfying than swallowing a liquid.

  • Question 4 of 4

    My kids won’t eat fruits or veggies, so smoothies are really the only option I have.

    Yes, that's correct.

    Even the pickiest eaters will try new foods if they are regularly exposed to them. The more you offer babies and kids a variety of flavors, textures and colors, the more comfortable they’ll feel tasting them. And their better eating habits will last a lifetime.

    No, that's not correct.

    The correct answer is: False

    Even the pickiest eaters will try new foods if they are regularly exposed to them. The more you offer babies and kids a variety of flavors, textures and colors, the more comfortable they’ll feel tasting them. And their better eating habits will last a lifetime.

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    So what are the best ways to get veggies and fruits into your kids? Be a good role model and make sure you’re eating them with your kids. Avoid pressuring them. Pressure can set up a power struggle, which can make kids resist the foods even more. And remember to make it fun! Get them involved and try something new.