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Takeaway Tuesday: Planet Smoothie

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With the recent smoothie craze I would be remiss if I neglected to cover the trend. Although they can seem like a glorified milkshake; if you choose a store like Planet Smoothie that specializes in making them you will find that to be far from the truth. The other big concern with having a smoothie is that many of them can be calorie rich so just when ordering chose from the lighter variations, which still pack a vitamin rich, antioxidant punch.
Here are five of which won’t wreck your diet plans and they are gluten free as well.

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Chose the Acai Gold if you are looking for vitamin blast.
Ingredients: Organic Acai, mangos, Pineapple, and Orange Juice

Calories 280
Total Fat 4.5 grams
Protein 3 grams
Calcium 8% DV
Iron 10% DV
Vitamin A 80% DV
Vitamin C 100% DV

Choose Chocolate Chimp for a quick afternoon pick me up.
Ingredients: Cocoa, Banana, Vanilla, and Honey

Calories 260
Total Fat 1 gram
Protein 15 grams
Iron 6% DV
Vitamin C 36%

The Lean Green Extreme is great all around because it is packed with vitamins, protein and fiber.
Ingredients: Pineapple, Mango, Banana, and Leafy Greens

Calories 260
Total Fat 1.5 grams
Fiber 5 grams
Protein 12 grams
Vitamin A 60% DV
Vitamin C 60% DV

Some days you really just need a Pina Colada. This is the next best to the real thing.
Ingredients: Banana, Coconut, Pineapple, Non-Fat Milk

Calories 260
Total Fat 4 grams
Fiber 3 grams
Vitamin C 30% DV

For the ultimate protein boost to help you recover after a workout choose Planet Pro Lite Strawberry.
Ingredients: Strawberries, Planet Pro Lite Protein

Calories 320
Total Fat 3 grams
Calcium 50% DV
Iron 25% DV
Fiber 6 grams
Protein 25grams
Vitamin 25% DV
Vitamin C 110% DV

* Please note that the DV translates to the daily value assigned by the FDA; meaning that if the label lists 20 percent for calcium, it means that one serving provides 20 percent of the calcium you need each day.

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