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Acai berries have been gaining major traction for their high antioxidant content. It’s tough to find the fresh fruit in stores, but you can usually find powdered or frozen versions. Read the label before putting it in your cart though. “Acai is very bitter, so a lot of times they have sugar added,” says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “You want to make sure it’s the pure form.” Hop on the spoon-fed smoothie trend with this Quick and Easy Acai Bowl from Dinner at the Zoo.
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Upgrade your typical yogurt-based smoothie with Greek yogurt. Not only does it pack in a filling 15 grams of protein per six-ounce portion, but it also contains probiotics that promote a healthy gut. And its texture doesn’t hurt either. “It makes a great base for a lot of smoothies because its natural thickness from the straining process makes a nice creaminess,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and culinary specialist Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She likes the mouth feel of a small portion of full-fat Greek yogurt, but recommends using nonfat or low-fat if you’re worried about your weight. Try this Healthy Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie from Live Eat Learn.