Even so, smoothies are still a source of sugar and calories.
Smoothie King says its 200-calorie, 12-ounce banana-and-strawberry smoothie has 42 grams of sugar — mostly from the fruit itself, the company says. And that size is small for a smoothie.
"Parents came to Jamba because they were looking for something that was a healthier option than a soda or greasy french fries," company spokesman Kendra Gilberd said.
This school year Texas has a new school nutrition policy that restricts fried and fatty servings and sets limits on some types of food. The fruit and ice smoothies are limited to 12-ounce cups; 20-ounce smoothies can mean 300 to more than 500 calories, depending on the ingredients.
"Even too much of a good food can be a problem," said Dr. William Cochran, a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutritionist for Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa. He worries that snacks like smoothies won't replace something else and will only add more calories.
Steve - While overall a healthier option, smoothies are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Where's the protein?! Students who drink smoothies not accompanied by lean protein or a healthy fat, may still incur blood sugar imbalance and/or weight gain.