Making Healthy Fruit Smoothies?

Q: Does fruit get counted when I make a fruit smoothie? 

If you put a banana in a blender, you still have a banana. But what a minute ago looked like a substantive snack, now looks like a tiny shot. So you might be tempted to add another banana and maybe even some raspberries, a few grapes, that leftover papaya from two days ago and a kiwi, just to fill your glass. 

Juices bypass the body's hunger detectors. Smoothies seem to sit someplace in the middleŚmore filling than a juice, but easier to consume than plain fruit. If you sat down and drank the smoothie we just described, you've just slurped back 5 or 6 servings of fruit in one sitting. 

Should you count it as zero? Its your choiceŚhow exact do you want to be?. You can count it as zero using the Simple Recipe Math described on page 42 of the GSB. But if you are drinking a lot of smoothies and you aren't seeing the results you were expecting at the scale, we recommend you put those fruits into the Recipe Builder on eTools and start counting and tracking the PointsPlus values.