If you make your own and don't load them with sugar or ice cream, I think smoothies are great! Fruit salads are really healthy as well, imo. I like to cut up all kinds of fruit and top it with a handful of almonds.
Fruit contains the sugar "fructose" instead of "glucose". (Or a higher percentage of fructose.) Fructose is actually sweeter than glucose, but has roughly the same amount of calories. So you can satisfy your sweet tooth with fewer calories.
Outside that, fruits have fiber, and have proven anti-carcinogenic properties. As well the soy milk you add has lots of the good fats, and plenty of other healthy properties.
My fav smoothie is mixed frozen fruit and oj/soymilk. I never add sugar or anything. if you like fruit salads, a lot of fruit goes well with spinach so you could try adding some veggies with it if you're concerned. I like spinach, apples, berries, and walnuts in a salad with a bit of rasberry vinigarette. yumm.
I havnt been losing much weight, do you think it has anything to do with the fruits that I eat? I eat papayas, pineapples, bananas, watermelon, honeydrew melons, strawberries, grapefruit, orange, 1 serving of each.
I love just about any kind of smoothie, I make them all the time. (although not quite so much now that it's december) I've never tried adding any kind of greens to them though, so thanks for that idea Jenna!
if you don't want to actually make a smoothie, there are some really good ones made by bolthouse farms. they have strawberry banana (my fav), vedge (vegetable juice mix), green goodness....don't remember what's in that one. anyway, they boast about being very healthy and are tasty.