Antioxidants Foods that Build Healthy Immune Systems that Build Healthy Immune Systems

The power of antioxidants has been in the news a lot recently. People are beginning to discover the power of high antioxidant foods and are incorporating them into their daily diet. Daily consumption of antioxidants not only boosts your immune system, they give life to your skin and hair.

Green tea and cranberry juice are loaded with antioxidants. It wasn’t long ago when people reached for a soda and a bag of chips for an afternoon pick-me-up, but if you’ll notice, green tea or cranberry juice and nuts have become the most popular choices of today.

People are wising up to the fact that nuts are full of heart-healthy omega 3 acids and green tea and cranberry juice is full of antioxidants. Likely as not, you are aware of what is contained in sodas and chips or candy bars. Lab tests where green tea was added to samples of a cold virus, showed that it actually stopped it from replicating.

Garlic has been a well-known powerful antioxidant for several years. They’re also easy to grow. Simply make a hole in the soil (pot or ground) put in a little water, drop in a clove of garlic, cover with dirt, water again, and there you have it. Before long, you’ll have your own little garlic plant. Don’t worry, they don’t smell on the plant the way they do when you use them. The garlic plants not only provide you with healthy garlic, they also repel insects.

According to the most recent studies, the most powerful antioxidant benefits can be found in cranberries. This amazing berry has been proven to improve circulation, lower cholesterol, flush out and clean the urinary tract and it’s good for the heart. One single serving of cranberry juice a day can greatly improve your overall health.

Dark green veggies such as spinach and kale are high in antioxidants. Carrots are a good source as well. Tomatoes are not only high in antioxidants, but one of the best sources of lycopene, which is a potent cancer fighter. Recently, experts say that most of the lycopene is in the skin. In view of that, grape and cherry tomatoes offer more skin.

Also, pomegranates are receiving wide spread attention lately for their potent antioxidants. Red wine, in moderation, is said to be full of antioxidants, but it comes from the skin of the grape. White wine has the skin removed. So red grapes are a good source for antioxidants.

Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts fight free radicals linked to certain cancers, not to mention the strong omega 3’s they offer. A small portion in the palm of your hand about the size of a half dollar should be added to your daily diet to help lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing good foods. There are delicious foods available that can boost your immune system, bring life back to your hair and skin, and simply make you all around healthier. Be informed. Educate yourself on the best food sources and the worse food choices and live a healthier life. You’ll look and feel better.

Lazy Habits that Can Harm Your Health

1. Skipping breakfast – You are skipping a large chunk of nutrients if you skip breakfast on regular basis. By later part of the morning, you will be more susceptible to whatever’s around and more likely to settle for some refined cake or pastry. Try this instead : Have a bowl of cereal, fruit or some wholemeal toast and an egg. If you do miss breakfast, there are few foods available that match the fibre and nutrients of these suggestions such as latte plus fruit or a low-fat wholemeal muffin.

2. Cradling the phone in your neck – You may need both hands free when you’re on the phone sometimes, but holding the handset between your ear and your shoulder requires an unnatural position, which puts strain on the muscles, ligaments and joints in your neck. If this is done habitually you’re likely to end up with a painful neck that may even result in damage. Try this instead : Invest in a headset unit or use the speaker-phone option that will allow you to keep your hands free when you’re on the phone.

3. Sharing your toiletries – Think twice before using anyone’s personal items like razors. Razors might hold traces of blood and can transmit diseases such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV. People who have these infections may not even be aware of it because they don’t always cause symptorms. Sharing a toothbrush is a bad idea too – they can harbour germs such as herpes simplex that causes cold sores. Try this instead : Keep a spare toothbrush for visitors and always carry a travel one for yourself. It is also better to go without shaving rather than borrowing a used razor.

4. Rushing your meals – Eating in a hurried manner can cause problems such as indigestion, especially in overweight people. It is really a bad idea if you’re trying to control your weight because it takes up to 30 minutes for appetite hormones to reach the brain wih the message that you’re full. By that time, you could have eaten three to four times too much. Try this instead : Being aware that the types and texture of the food you eat influences the speed at which you can eat it. If you can eat it walking down the street, it will be gone sooner. Food that has to be eaten with knife and fork is usually eaten slower.

5. Sleeping with your lenses on – If you do sleep in them you’ll increase your chances of a potentially serious eye infection tenfold. It can result in corneal ulcers, scarring and loss of vision. Try this instead : If you’re away from home and you don’t have your lens case or cleaning solution, throw the lenses away. And do not ever clean your lenses with water.

6. Wearing make-up in bed – The longer you leave your make-up on the more likely it is to irritate, sometimes resulting in chemicals passing through micro-breaks in the skin. This makes you more likely to develop an allergy, and if you’re prone to acne your make-up, especially oil-based products, can block your pores and add to the problem. Try this instead : The simplest way to remove make-up is with soap and water (or a non-soap cleanser)

7. Neglecting to floss – Flossing is the best thing we have to effectively remove food particles and plaque bacteria from between the teeth. If you don’t floss you’re at risk of gum diseases, which can eventually result in loose teeth. There is also a growing body of research suggesting that bacterial toxins from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and cause heart disease. Try this instead : The best time to floss is just before bedtime, but flossing in the morning is better than not flossing at all.

The Placebo Effect

Placebo is a Latin word that literally means “I will please” and is used for any phony version of a treatment or medication. Not many doctors and health care professionals admit to administering placebo drugs and treatments, but it can be seen in some cases of off label prescribing and giving antibiotics to patients with a cold.

Some people will show improvement while on the sham medication and procedures because they want to believe that they are better. They want to believe that whatever their health provider gives them will work and heal them. This power of mind over matter, or suggestion, works for 30-35% of the people initially. Most that have this improvement will see their symptoms returning as it is only a temporary fix. Researchers are still studying then phenom of the placebo effect.

Contributing Factors

There can be spontaneous improvement. The patient that was given the placebo can begin to show signs of improvement that they would have shown even if the placebo had not been given to them.

There can be a remission. Most conditions have fluctuations in which they have periods of good times and bad. The placebo can be given during a period when the patient could have shown a remission even without the fake drug or treatment.

It could have been from the benefit of an additional medication. Many times chronic pain patients are on a variety of drugs. The placebo could be getting the praise for something that one of the other medications is responsible for.

History of Placebo Trials

1907- First known double blind placebo trial is done by W.H.R. Rivers. It was used to study the effects of drugs and alcohol on fatigue.

1920’s to 1930’s- More placebo studies are done and most are not double blind.

1940’s to 1950’s- Harry Gold published and lectured on the design of the double blind placebo study.

1970’s- The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommends that using the double blind placebo design be used as the preferred method for studies.

Sources:

Modern Drug Discovery, July/August 1999 2(4)30-40

The Arthritis Foundation’s Guide to Pain Management, Susan Bernstein, 2003, Arthritis Foundation, ISBN 0-912423-39-0

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Harmless or Health Threat

How much High Fructose Corn Syrup do you consume? Do you even know? And what’s the big deal with it anyway? Does it really have that much impact on our health? If it’s really that bad for us, why do so many food manufactures use it?

Reasons Manufacturers Add High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup has a high level of fructose like that of fruit or honey. It’s a simple sugar carbohydrate that is much sweeter than sucrose and less expensive. It also combines well into many foods and helps lengthen shelf life. For these reasons you will find food manufactures using High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in a variety of foods from soft drinks and processed canned foods, to baked products and ice cream.

Reasons Consumers Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

So what is the problem with High Fructose Corn Syrup as a sweetener in food products? First, it’s not the corn syrup that is causing health concerns for Americans. Corn syrup is mostly glucose that the body burns as quick energy. It can also be stored in muscles or the liver for later use in stimulating insulin.

Insulin helps metabolize food by pushing carbohydrates into muscle cells for energy. Insulin also helps with the production of leptin, which helps with body fat storage and metabolism. Both insulin and leptin help regulate metabolism and tell us to stop eating when full. Fructose however, doesn’t do this. So we keep consuming.

Fructose also elevates triglyceride levels in the body, causing the cells to become more resistant to insulin. This negatively affects the body’s ability to burn fat. The whole system seems to slow down. This is reason enough to begin to read labels. If you, like many Americans, struggle with excess weight, one culprit might be an ingredient in the foods you eat every day.

HFCS Hiding in Common Foods

Since I would consider my household to be a typical American household, I decided to investigate the food labels of products in my kitchen and pantry. I looked for products with High Fructose Corn Syrup in the list. Here is what I found.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is an ingredient of bagels, ranch dressing, saltine crackers, ketchup, maple-flavored syrup, barbecue sauce, ground horseradish, pizza sauce, and it’s ingredient number one of the frozen juice concentrate. No wonder my diet has been sabotaged. No wonder Americans are getting fatter and the incidence of diabetes is on the rise.

What We Can Do about HFCS in Foods

As consumers, we vote every time we purchase a product. Essentially, we tell the manufacture to keep on making the product in the same way. If we as consumers refuse to purchase products with High Fructose Corn Syrup as an ingredient, we are also voting. We are stating our disapproval of the product the way it is. Although we can’t count on manufactures to voluntarily do the responsible thing for America’s health, we can voice our opinions by refusing to buy products. It hits at the bottom line and manufactures do respond to that.

Now it’s your turn. Begin to read the ingredient lists of food items in your kitchen and pantry. Search for foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup on the ingredient list and move them off your shelves and out of your refrigerator. Refuse to purchase anything new until you have made certain that High Fructose Corn Syrup is not hiding in the product. Your weight and your health will thank you.

Eating Healthy Too Expensive?

Not one day has gone by without the news media discussing the overweight problem in the United States. Not only that, Mississippi has a bill, Bill no. 282, that if passed would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve over weight people. In the meantime, the United States government is urging people to eat more healthy foods such as whole grain breads and to cut back on carbohydrates, fats, red meat, and fast foods, such as the great American cheeseburger. Sounds fine, right? However, has anyone seen the prices on the healthy food that we should be eating? All that I can say is “I wasn’t planning to buy the farm.”

So I decided to start out eating healthy by buying a loaf of wheat bread. What, almost $4.00 a loaf, well perhaps it would be cheaper to bake my own. I’ll use one of the recipes from the internet.

· Wheat Flour $5.29 a bag

· Vegetable Oil $2.19 a pt

· Yeast 3/$1.29, well that’s reasonable

· Molasses $2.99

· Sugar, $2.69 a 5lb bag, need it anyhow

· Salt, have already

· Milk $ 4.28 a gallon

· Bread pans have

Total cost: $ 18.73 Forget It. I could buy 4 ½ loaves of whole wheat bread for the price of making my own; I think I’ll buy a loaf of whole wheat bread. Wait! I’ll purchase the white bread instead; it’s only $.84 a loaf.

Perhaps, I could start by serving one healthy meal a week that should satisfy the government, besides I would be doing my part by encouraging good eating habits. I think that I will have marinated chicken, ride pilaf, fresh green beans, and a tossed salad for supper tonight. Hum, the chicken dish calls for cooking sherry. A friend of mine told me to use regular dry sherry in any recipe that called for cooking sherry. Regular dry sherry would work just as well and is not as salty. Since I only need one teaspoon of cooking sherry, I think I’ll purchase the regular dry sherry which cost $4-5 a bottle. If I get regular sherry, then I can drink what is left, instead of placing the sherry a shelf or letting it go to waste. Total cost for the one meal is approximately $25.00. (I don’t think so!)

Hey, check this out, spaghetti noodles are only $.89 a lb, and the spaghetti sauce is on sale at 2/$2.00. I think I’ll check the price of ground beef. Well that’s on sale also, only $ 1.49 a lb. Total cost of this dinner is $4.38, and if I add a salad, I would be eating healthier, and it would only cost me $3.00 more. It’s not that I am a cheapskate, but it comes to either eating healthier or choosing to keep a roof over my head, I’ll choose the roof every time.

What I want to say now is “Pres. Bush, and government officials, if you want me to eat healthier, and then help lower the cost of food, or give me a weekly allowance so that I can afford to eat healthier. If you are unwilling to do so, then leave me alone. I’ll just eat what I can afford.

Being Healthy is Easy

That 9am deadline means you’re going to be up all night. With only three hours of sleep after last night’s party, your body’s already giving you warning signals.

That faint, feverish feeling adds to the stress and you find it difficult to concentrate on what your colleague is saying. There’s also the news of your colleague’s heart attack that fuelling your fear that you might be next in line.

Work, stress and late lights have woven their way into our lives. There’s no way you can put your foot down on a nine-hour workday and you can’t get out of having a drink or two at the office party, even though you know it’s not the best thing for you.

But if you’re still worried about your health and what this work, stress, junk food and alcohol may be doing to your system, you have won half the battle, say doctors.

Awareness, say experts, is the first step to keeping yourself healthy and fit.

But even though you know the dangers of your lifestyle, there’s not much you can do, right? Wrong. There a few small adjustments that will take you a surprisingly long way, making you feel healthier and more confident. You won’t even have to take time off to fit these alterations into your schedule.

Starting right
A healthy beginning is the best way to begin. “You should sleep for at least seven hours,” says psychologist Seema Hingorrany.

If you slept late the previous night, make sure you get your six to seven hours of rest. “Even if that means having to turn off your phone, you need to do it.”

And not just your phone, you have to switch off completely and give your body time to renew its cells. And when you sleep, you have to sleep well, says Dr Siddharth Dagli, cardiologist.

Breakfast, the meal most of us have no time for, is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you eat well and eat to your heart’s content. “Breakfast should be the heaviest meal of the day,” adds Dr Dagli. As the day progresses, you should consciously reduce the amount of food you take in – have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

“About 40 per cent or more of your daily intake of food should be at breakfast, 30 per cent at lunch and 30 per cent or less at dinner,” says Dr Sanjeev Mehta, chest physician.

Fit and happy
Exercise is the most important thing that you should incorporate in your lifestyle. That you have no time is not a good enough excuse.

“Even the president of the USA finds time to play tennis every day,” says Dr Dagli. “Whether you exercise for one hour in a day or you space out the workout to five times a day, you have to really sweat it out.”

Find an activity that you like – whether it’s a workout at the gym, swimming, running or tennis, enjoying what you do will motivate you.

You might find it difficult to shut your mind off all the deadlines, but here’s something that will help keep you disciplined: Meditation. “Spend that 15-minute break at work meditating or doing breathing exercises instead of surfing through your email or cellphone,” advises Dr Hingorrany.

It will help you detach yourself from domestic issues when you set out for work and from work when you leave for the day. Meditating will help keep your mind disciplined and will also help you sleep soundly at night, says Dr Dagli. “The best way to avoid stress,” says Dr Mehta, “is by setting your targets and not losing sight of your schedule.”

Have fun too
All work and no play? Start enjoying the parties you go for. Even if it’s a regular office do, or your spouse’s cousin’s anniversary, have fun at the party.

That is not to say that you go all out and binge on food and alcohol. A drink or two is healthy and wise. In fact, some studies show that a glass of wine or a peg of whiskey can be healthy and helps you relax.

“Drink slowly when you know it’s going to be a long night,” advises Dr Dagli.

Along with too much alcohol, avoid fried food, adds Dr Mehta. If you’re trying to lose weight, avoid falling for fad diets. “They’re difficult to sustain in the long run,” he says.

“A regular balanced diet works just as well.” If you’ve got erratic meal timings, try eating smaller meals more frequently, and don’t eat too late.

Appreciation for Loud Music May Result in Hearing Difficulties for Youngsters

Following its invention in 1997, Apple’s Ipod device has taken millions of children into the portable land of music. Whether it be at home, school, or work, America’s teenagers can be spotted with a device in their hands and ear buds in their ears. Partly due to the newest music styles, today’s teenagers unseemingly enjoy listening to their music at the highest level possible. Since having little speakers so close to your eardrums is quite dangerous, ear buds were not intended for playing extremely loud music. Abusing this as these teenagers do often results in temporary hearing loss, and more importantly, deafness.

More often than not, children who are exposed to loud sound and music will experience temporary hearing loss and tinnitus. After listening to loud sounds for any substantial period of time, your ears will react. Though different cases will reap different results, most people will notice a ringing or fullness in their ears after listening to loud music. This state of hearing is called tinnitus and is often mistaken for a side effect of allergies. Though hearing seems to turn to normal, good hearing will diminish over time, leading to deafness.

As will likely happen to today’s teenagers, exposure to earsplitting music will frequently result in permanent hearing loss. Many teenagers who listen to loud music often enjoy extensive listening hours. Sometimes still plugged in after falling asleep, some teenagers are listening to music for over 1/5 of their day. After listening to loud music for such long periods of time, hearing loss is definitely likely in the future of contemporary teenagers.

Although loud music in speakers don’t compare to the danger of loud music in ear buds, it still poses a high risk. Eight out of ten young people who attend clubs and concerts complain of hearing problems later. Since concerts and clubs have decibel levels up to 120, these concerts cause extreme tinnitus.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People makes these suggestions to minimize the risks of hearing damage:

1.Take regular breaks from the dance floor at nightclubs
2.Wear earplugs at clubs or concerts
3.Stand away from loud speakers
4.Avoid playing personal stereos at high volumes
5.Watch out for warning signs for tinnitus
6.Don’t listen to loud music in ear buds or headphones

Unless you would like you or your loved one to replace their ear buds with hearing aids, take heed to this advice. Practice safe listening at all costs.

How to Tell a Loved One You Started Smoking Again

A relative of mine recently began smoking cigarettes again after a long period in which she successfully fought the cravings and remained smoke free. Being a former smoker myself who still battles with the occasional cravings she felt comfortable enough to share this revelation with me. Plagued with guilt and afraid of backlash from those who formerly praised her for her accomplishment, she turned to me for help in sharing this information with her husband and children. Together we worked through her feelings and prepared her for the inevitable conversation in which she shared the news that she had started smoking again. If you find yourself in this uncomfortable situation, I hope that this article will offer comfort and strength to share the news with your own family.

How To Tell A Loved One You Started Smoking Again: Be Honest. Do not go to great lengths to hide your backslide from loved ones. This not only compounds the guilt, but delays the inevitable. Your loved ones will be more upset and feel deceived if you go days, weeks or even months of sneaking cigarettes. This deceit and subterfuge demeans your relationship with your loved ones and makes the situation much more complicated and difficult. Sit your loved ones down and admit that the nicotine demon has once again taken hold and that you have been smoking. Simply sharing your backslide with those people who love you most will help you to see this backslide as a temporary weakness rather than a full blown failure.

How To Tell A Loved One You Started Smoking Again: Be Armed With The Research. Studies show that smokers often quit an upwards of five or more times before becoming permanently smoke free. Remind your love ones that quitting smoking is a process and often takes more than one try to become permanent. By sharing this information with your family, you can educate them on the power of nicotine addiction as well as give yourself a boost of confidence that this is a a very common step in the process of quitting smoking.

How To Tell A Loved One You Started Smoking Again: Share Your Plan To Once Again Battle The Nicotine Demon. There are many commercial products to aid in smoking cessation available today. Nicotine gum, the Nicotine Patch and Nicotine Lozenges are just a few of the products available to help smokers quit the habit for good. Before sharing the news with your family, put a plan in place and settle it within your own mind. You can then share the details and information with your family when admitting that you have been smoking again. Your loved ones will feel confident that you have not given up the fight for good and that you are committed to making your life cigarette free.

The guilt of disappointing loved ones when needing to admit a backslide into smoking cigarettes makes this conversation a very difficult one indeed. By being direct and having an open and honest conversation, you can assure your family that this is a temporary situation and that you will continue in the battle to keep cigarettes out of your life forever.

Top 5 Must-Eat Organic Foods

In today’s growing obsession with synthetic chemicals, hormones, pesticides, and other food additives, it’s become increasingly important to analyze the food and drink we ingest into our bodies on a daily basis. Organic foods, characterized by items that have been grown and prepared without artificial additives or processes, are naturally healthier for the human body– simply because the body can recognize, and therefore digest food as it was meant to.

If you are determined to live a healthier lifestyle by switching to organic products, good move! Here is the top-5 list of organically grown foods to incorporate into your everyday life:

Horizon Organic Milk:
Where can I find it?: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, specialty supermarkets
Why?: For many families, milk is the base of many food items prepared daily; it’s used on cereal, for baking, and for drinking. Yet milk that is not certified as “organic” is produced from cows which, more likely than not, have been given hormones(estrogen) to produce more milk. Hormones ingested by young children through these dairy products may, based on various studies, be linked to increased levels of certain cancers, and early sexual maturity in young children.

Organic Fruit (Apples, Peaches, Strawberries):
Where can I find it?: Most supermarkets carry organic fruit in a specialized section
Why?: Fruits that are eaten with the peel/skin intact pose a higher risk for consumption of pesticides than fruits that are not eaten with the peel, such as oranges. Even after a careful washing, residue from the pesticides can remain on the fruit. Children benefit especially from organic fruit– not only are they a major consumer of fruits, but, comparatively with adults, absorb higher concentrations of pesticides due to their body size.

Organic Beef:
Where can I find it?: Specialized supermarkets such as Trader Joe’s amp; Whole Foods, some chain supermarkets
Why?: Animals are often fed antibiotics on a regular basis to prevent illness and disease. In the process, these antibiotics are transferred to the consumer through the cow’s meat. Also, as with milk, hormones are typically fed to these animals to produce bigger, stronger livestock.

Organic Valley/Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs:
Where can I find it?: Most supermarkets, specialty supermarkets
Why?: Because of the amount of eggs we consume, chickens are fed hormones in order to produce a larger quantity of disease-resistant eggs. Much of the grain fed to the hens contains high levels of pesticides, which is then transferred into the hen’s eggs.

Organic Rice/Grains:
Where can I find it?: Specialty supermarkets
Why?: Though grains are not treated with hormones, pesticides are used to protect them from disease and infestation. Grains that are deemed “organic” are regulated to ensure their growth in clean premises; it is not unheard of for grains and other produce to be grown in or near domestic and industrial sewage.

The Only Low Calorie Options at Smoothie King

Smoothie King is a becoming a popular spot for that healthy breakfast or post-workout energy blast. It’s a great place to enjoy a fruit-based smoothie when you don’t have time to blend one up yourself, and there are dozens of creative flavor combinations to choose from.

Still, not all smoothies are created equal. As you order up that Cranberry Supreme or High Protein Almond Mocha with healthy intentions, you may be committing a diet mistake. When a 32 oz. Cranberry Supreme contain over 800 calories and The Hulk Chocolate allows you to drink up almost 53 grams of fat, it’s time to consult the nutrition charts and find out which smoothies really are supporting your health habit.

Here’s a look at the only low calorie options – 500 calories or less per 32 oz. – available at Smoothie King:

Smoothie King The Coffee Smoothie : Choose the Amaretto, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, or Irish Crème to enjoy a fat free smoothie with just 246 calories. These are a tasty and flavorful treat that will easily take care of any Starbucks-style Frappucino craving you’re having. The Mocha variety contains 328.5 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.

Smoothie King Slim-N-Trim Orange-Vanilla: This one tastes just like an orange creamsicle, and contains 322.5 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It’s a dreamy treat for dessert or a snack.

Smoothie King Slim-N-Trim Chocolate: When that chocolate craving won’t subside, enjoy this one with 336 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

Smoothie King Youth Fountain: This fat-free smoothie is a refreshing blend of bananas, orange juice, egg protein, turbinado sugar, and honey; it contains just 378 calories.

Smoothie King Slim-N-Trim Vanilla: Skip the golden arches for this healthier, low fat version of the classic vanilla shake; this smoothie is rich and creamy, and contains 384 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

Smoothie King Pineapple Pleasure: Enjoy a tropical twist to your smoothie with this flavorful concoction; it’s completely fat free, and contains 426 calories per serving.

Smoothie King Mangofest: Dive into some island refreshment with this tasty mix of mango, orange juice, and pineapple. It contains 427.5 calories and is also fat free.

Smoothie King Gladiator: If you’re looking for a low carb, high protein treat, this one is your best bet. It’s made with a premium whey and egg white protein base, Aminogen, and your choice of two fruits. Each serving contains 450 calories, and it’s also fat free.

Other top picks from Smoothie Kingthat are under 500 calories include The Shredder Chocolate, Island Impact, High Protein Pineapple, and Blueberry Heaven.

Smoothie King does disclose all of its ingredients on its website, and the complete nutritional chart for each size of drink can be found on SmoothieKing.com. If you’re heading off to Smoothie King for a healthy concoction, just make sure you pick the right formula.