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Doctor insights on: Tropical Smoothie Cafe Menu Calories

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Hey I'm 5ft 2 and I weight 7 stone! How can I put weight on? I'm blending smoothies for breakfast that come to around 1000 calories!

Hey I'm 5ft 2 and I weight 7 stone! How can I put weight on? I'm blending smoothies for breakfast that come to around 1000 calories!

See a doctor: There are many causes of being underweight. The main ones are inadequate intake of calories, need for hydrochloric acid and/or digestive enzymes, malabsorption, inflammation of intestines (possibly from intestinal parasites), celiac disease and other food allergies, vitamin/mineral/amino acid deficiencies and hyperthyroidism. A good GI doc or holistic doc can help you find what the problem (s) is/are. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

Can you please suggest a liquid diet, high calorie menu or recipe for a mouth cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation?

High protein: There are many high protein, high energy commercially available drinks such as Boost and Ensure. Also try chicken or beef broth, Egg Drop Soup, pudding, yoghurt, ice cream, milk shakes, eggs, etc. Consult with a Nutritionist who will have lots of great ideas. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to only eat smoothies and soup?

Would if be okay to only eat smoothies and soup?

Balanced diet: It is best to eat a varied and balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, meats, carbohydrates, and dairy. If all of those ingredients are contained in your soup and smoothies, that would be fine. Discuss your detailed diet plan with your doctor or dietician. ...Read more

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Can I mix vegetables and fruits for smoothies?

Can I mix vegetables and fruits for smoothies?

Mix Away!: Smoothies are a great way to get the daily recommended number of fruit and vegetable servings! Fresh baby spinach is a mild-flavored vegetable and goes well with all fruit. I recommend a smoothie starting with baby spinach and a ripe banana. From there, add another fruit, ice and water. Frozen berries, pineapple chunks, peach or mango are all very good. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use raw green vegetables in smoothies?

Raw Food: I think that medicine may be neutral about this. As long as the vegetables are cleaned properly there would be no health concerns. We eat raw vegetables all the time in salads and such. ...Read more

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How can I make breakfast smoothies healthier for my kids?

How can I make breakfast smoothies healthier for my kids?

In order to answer..: ....A question about how to make something healthier, we must first know what's in it now. A smoothie as pretty much anything you throw in a blender, often vegetables, fruits and yogurt. The best way to make a healthy smoothie is to include healthy ingredients. Emphasize the veggies and keep it low fat. ...Read more

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Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Yes: Because with whole fruits and veggies, you get the fiber which results in less consumption and quicker satiety (fullness). Smoothies have more sugar from the fruits and veggies due to more being used to make the smoothie. Plus, most smoothies have added ingredients like sugars, syrups, powders, etc - unless you make it yourself. ...Read more

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Are smoothies better than trying to eat the fruits individually?

Are smoothies better than trying to eat the fruits individually?

NO!: Fruit juices are better than milk or sodas, however consuming the actual fruit as a whole is better that just drinking its juice! ...Read more

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What are some fruits/veggies that you can use to make smoothies that help gain weight?

What are some fruits/veggies that you can use to make smoothies that help gain weight?

Weight gain: Fruits and veggies have lots of carbs st about 4 cal/gm. They don't have much fat except for avocado. Fats have caloric content of about 9 cal/gm (2x as much). You should try to eat a balanced diet and exercise though not too vigorously and you'll gain. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of amino acids in smoothies?

To create Protein: The provide the building blocks for protein manufacture. Protein builds muscle with increases metabolism which burns calories. Protein added to meals is necessary in order for fat to be burned. ...Read more

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What number of smoothies a day is too much?

What number of smoothies a day is too much?

Diarrhea: Well most smoothies contain fruit, sugar, protein. Usually if too many you would get loose stools. I would say no more than 4 a day. ...Read more

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Are commercially prepared smoothies healthy?

Are commercially prepared smoothies healthy?

Read ingredients: Some commercially prepared smoothies are nothing more than ice cream shakes. Check the ingredients of the smoothie and look for added simple sugars and fats. Try to avoid smoothies with these. ...Read more

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How many cups/ounces of veggie smoothies should I have for optimum health every day? Any veggie must haves?

How many cups/ounces of veggie smoothies should I have for optimum health every day? Any veggie must haves?

No data: There are no scientific data on this subject, and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they're probably pulling your leg. It sounds like your diet is already healthy if you're drinking veggie smoothies, so you don't need to worry too much about quantity or which vegetable to use. Aim for a healthy, varied diet, and then stop thinking about it. ...Read more

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Can using milk in my fruit smoothies make me gain weight?

Can using milk in my fruit smoothies make me gain weight?

It could: Adding milk can be a source of protein in your smoothies, and that would be good for you. However, it can also add calories. Also if you happen to be sensitive to dairy products it may cause other issues. If you tolerate milk well and the smoothie is a carefully considered part of your food plan (not just a thoughtless "why not") it may be fine. Too many of them will cause weight gain, though. ...Read more

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Doctors! What additions can I add to my smoothies for extra health benefits?

Doctors! What additions can I add to my smoothies for extra health benefits?

Fruits & veggies: Pick any fruits or veggies that sound good and toss them in

dark leafy greens like spinach are awesome nutrition sources that usually go pretty well in smoothies (blend longer to reduce fibery texture)

eat plenty of whole grains, but if you are not, you could add wheat germ

eat lean proteins, but if you are not, you could add ground nuts, eg walnuts and yogurt

avoid raw eggs/raw dairy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get bloated after consuming raw salads, green smoothies, etc?

Is it normal to get bloated after consuming raw salads, green smoothies, etc?

Bloating: Bloating can commonly occur in pregnancy and a lot of fiber (quantity of salad and green smoothies) and can sometimes make it worse.
It is good to eat a balanced diet to avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Is it true that smoothies made with pure fruit contain too much sugar, although natural, to actually be good for you?

Is it true that smoothies made with pure fruit contain too much sugar, although natural, to actually be good for you?

Yes, sugar is bad: Drinking fruit smoothies, drinking fruit juice, and eating too much fruit, all lead to excessive sugar consumption. Natural sugar is just a bad for the body as "unnatural" sugar is, if the natural sugar has been separated from the plant fiber, or otherwise purified. The best thing to do is to eat very little sugar, and think of fruit as nature's candy or dessert. ...Read more

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I just ate some ice cream and I started coughing. I do this a lot with other cold things such as smoothies, snow cones, and especially Rita's. Why?

I just ate some ice cream and I started coughing. I do this a lot with other cold things such as smoothies, snow cones, and especially Rita's. Why?

Reflex-cough: The cold of the ice cream may activate hypersensitive cough receptors in some people. The cough receptors are found throughout your posterior pharyngeal area and the cold may stimulate them in your case. This is not uncommon and happens in many people. Some people with asthma for example will get exacerbations of their asthma in the cold weather. If it becomes a problem, see your Dr. Best wishes ...Read more

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Is it safe to add raw wheatgrass to smoothies?

Is it safe to add raw wheatgrass to smoothies?

Yes: Yes but rotate the greens you put in the smoothie if you drink a smoothie everyday. For example you can alternate with spinach or kale. Nature, in order to protect greens from extinction, placed in greens a little bit of poison, a minute amount of alkaloids, because otherwise animals like deer, elk and horse would begin to eat plant to extinction. ...Read more

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Is kefir beneficial? I've begun making daily fruit smoothies with it

Is kefir beneficial? I've begun making daily fruit smoothies with it

Many say yes: Kefir contains natural robotics which help to establish, support, and nourish the body friendly bacteria. The average person has 3 pounds of bacteria in and on them. Usually we live in balance with these, but some times 'bad' bacteria get inside us, upset that balance and make us sick. With fruit it tastes good too! ...Read more

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With high LDL can I drink vegetables and fruits smoothies at bedtime?

With high LDL can I drink vegetables and fruits smoothies at bedtime?

Fruits: okay: Yes, you can drink fruit smoothies as long as they were not prepared with fatty food mixed. ...Read more

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What happens if I only drink green tea smoothies for 2 weeks how much weight will I lose?

Not enough info: Don't know the contents of the green tea smoothie drinks - so can't give you much info on this one. ...Read more

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Why do cold fluids/smoothies cause much more mid. Ab. pain and fullness quicker than food like pizza, meat, etc.?

Why do cold fluids/smoothies cause much more mid. Ab. pain and fullness quicker than food like pizza, meat, etc.?

Dairy?: Have you noticed if these cold fluids have milk or yogurt in them? You might be lactose intolerant and symptoms could be exacerbated by dairy products. Some people experience symptoms with certain products more than others If this is the case try to consume lactose free products and see how your symptoms change. If no response follow up with your doctor. ...Read more