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Fit Life with Stephen Cabral
by Stephen Cabral, Fitness Professional

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I was given a book to review last week that a fellow nutritionist thought I would enjoy reading...

Overall, the book was dead on.

The author touched on all the basics such as limiting sugar intake, eating living foods with their enzymes intact, and staying away from processed foods.

But then the author went on to conclude his book with a final chapter on his “special recipes” and the whole book fell flat on its face...

I couldn't believe it.

Honestly, it was as if another author contributed or wrote the final pages.

So here's what I'm talking about:

The well-intentioned author (whom shall remain nameless) gave his recipe for his daily smoothie.

I'm a little nervous to even share with you what's in it because I'd hate for anyone to actually copy it and drink this every morning.

Okay, so here's his “Super Smoothie” recipe (just promise not to actually drink it) with my nutrition notes in parenthesis beside each item:

1c blueberries (21 carbs/15 sugar)
1c strawberries (12 carbs/7 sugar)
1/2c raspberries (15 carbs/5 sugar)
1/2c blackberries (15 carbs/7 sugar)
1/2 mango (28 carbs/24 sugar)
1/2 kiwi (6 carbs/4 sugar)
1/2 apricot (4 carbs/3 sugar)
1/2c cherries (11 carbs/9 sugar)
1/2c pineapple (10 carbs/7 sugar)
1/2 banana (26 carb/14 sugar)
2 tablespoons omega-3 oil (28 grams fat/240 calories)
1/4c orange juice (7 carbs/6 sugar)
1/4c black cherry juice (8 carbs/7 sugar)
1/4c grape juice (9 carbs/9 sugar)
1/4c cranberry juice (8 carbs/8 sugar)
1/4c pomegranate juice (9 carbs/8 sugar)
1-2 teaspoons of honey (12 carbs/12 sugar)


TOTAL SUGAR: 145 Grams

TOTAL FAT: 30+ Grams

TOTAL CALORIES: 1,120+ Calories

*Food analysis from NutritionData

Now before I gently critique this smoothie please keep in mind that I'm a huge advocate of daily green juices, fresh fruit smoothies, or protein shakes.

The problem is that many well-meaning nutrition authors fall into the trap of thinking the more “good stuff” they add to the smoothie the better.

Here's what I mean:

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