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When trying to slim down, carb intake can be a major concern for many individuals. Since smoothies tend to include fruits, the high-sugar content may worry you. Willow, Stephanie, and Elyse agree that an all-fruit smoothie wouldn't be the best idea, since it's a large dose of sugar coming at you at one time with not a lot of protein or healthy fats to satiate you and balance out the meal. Plus your energy levels will soon plummet as your pangs of hunger rise. As long as you include 10 to 15 grams of protein and add some other ingredients besides fruit such as kale, avocado, and nuts, these nutritionists say not worry about overdoing it on the carbs.

This Chocolate Milkshake Smoothie is loaded with sweet, dessert-like flavor and has just over 15 grams of sugar.

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