Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Water has 0 calories. No other food or drink that comes from earth has 0 calories. So, if we believe that to be true, what is in diet soda that claims to be 0 calories? Clearly, it does not come from the planet. And if it has 0 calories, meaning that other than hydrating you (which water does perfectly well) what benefit is there to your body? That’s correct: no benefit. But it has a host of other stuff that probably isn’t good for you. So why do you drink it?

The key ingredient in diet soda is the artificial sweetener Aspartame. There are studies that show this substance leads to various diseases including cancer and brain tumors. It also is very bad for people with diabetes and it inhibits weight loss. Now that is ironic. The key ingredient in drinks that people who are trying to lose weight or who want to control their sugar intake does more harm than good. The studies are not conclusive and the amounts that are being used in lab rats are out of proportion with the average consumption, but so what. Why take the risk?

Did you take high school chemistry or even walk into the chemistry lab? Did you ever think that you wouldn’t mind having a swig of some of that stuff that you need protective eyewear, gloves and an apron to handle? The next time you pick up one of these drinks you might want to look a second time at the “0” and what it really means. It means that this drink has zero things good for you and a whole lot of things that probably aren’t. Oh, and the salt and the caffeine both make you want more. Not only are you drinking something that is ZERO good for you but it doesn’t even quench your thirst. Water anyone?

I know a lot of people drink that stuff in the morning instead of coffee. Here is an alternative. If you don’t want to substitute coffee (black), you will just have to get used to the lack of caffeine; it takes about a week. I generally don’t recommend fruit juice as it contains way more sugar than you should have in a day, but this is made with the daily allowance of fruit, and doesn’t remove any of the fiber.

For one or two


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Peach
  • Handful of Blueberries (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 1/2 Cup Water


  • Blender
  • Paring Knife
  1. Pour the water and ice into the blender.
  2. Add pieces of banana, peach with the stone removed and the blueberries.
  3. Blend until smooth.
You can substitute plain greek yoghurt for the water, but do not use juice or any other sweetener. The natural sugars from the fruits make it plenty sweet enough. The ice and water make it the right consistency and quite thirst quenching. You can make this for many months of the year, substituting the peach for an orange, an apple or a pear. 

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