The Case for Smoothies
Are you looking for something that tastes delicious, is easy to digest, and packed full of nutrients? If so, smoothies may be just what you are looking for.
Last week we uncovered the truth about juice. Read more about it here.
Smoothies are an excellent alternative to juice. This is because they have the pros of juice (easy to drink and digest) with few of the cons.
When you juice, you remove much of the fiber from the fruit and vegetable ingredients. Remember, fiber helps keep your digestive system moving and stabilizes blood sugar.
When you make a smoothie, you retain the beneficial fiber. You also keep your portions in check.
Not All Smoothies are Created Equally
Smoothies, like most food, can vary dramatically based on how they are prepared.
I commonly work with people who think they are making wonderfully nutritious smoothies. But when we get down to the details, we discover their smoothies are full of sugar and keeping them from their health goals.
I don’t want this to happen to you! So I compiled the top 5 smoothie mistakes I see people making.
Keep reading to make sure you aren’t making one of these very common mistakes.
Smoothie Mistake #1: Using dodgy protein powders.
This is the MOST common smoothie mistake my client’s make.
Most protein powders do NOT do you any favors.
Basically, the vast majority of protein powders are over priced and ultimately underperform. They are filled with strange protein sources and even stranger additives. Plus, most taste gross. Or the gross taste is masked with tons of sugar or artificial sweeteners (both wellness sabotagers).
There are a few exceptions, but you have to really be purposeful in your purchase.
Still looking to add protein to your smoothies? No problem. Try these whole food protein options:
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Pumpkin seeds
- Silken tofu
Smoothie Mistake #2: Adding fruit juice instead of whole fruit.
It’s tempting to add sweet fruit juice to your smoothies. However, fruit juice adds a whole lot of sugar to your smoothies without the help of blood sugar stabilizing fiber.
Instead of adding fruit juice, add whole fruit! That way you get the great taste and the beneficial qualities of eating the whole food.
Smoothie Mistake #3: Forgetting the green vegetables.
Does the idea of adding spinach or kale to your smoothie gross you out?
A handful or two of green leafy vegetables adds serious nutrition without taking away from the taste.
Does the idea of drinking a green colored smoothie make you cringe? If so, add some dark colored fruit (like blueberries) to mask the color. This is also a great trick for sneaking vegetables into children smoothies.
Smoothie Mistake #4: Using yogurt as the base.
Many smoothie recipes use yogurt as its base.
Why’s this a mistake? There’s so many reasons I could devote an entire post to answering this. Bottomline: most yogurts are full of sugar and odd preservatives that don’t do you any health favors.
If you crave a creamy smoothies, use alternatives to yogurt to get the consistency you desire. Nut milks (like almond or cashew), hemp milk, or flaxseed milk are all great options. Also adding a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of nut butter can up the creamy factor.
Smoothie Mistake #5: Buying expensive premade smoothies.
Store or restaurant smoothies, while tasty, can cost $7 or more per serving. If you’re drinking one day, that’s $49 a week or nearly $2500 a year.
You can easily make homemade and nutritious smoothies for a fraction of the price. And to save time, you can blend up a few at a time and drink them over the next few days.
Good for You Smoothie Recipes?
Looking for mistake-free smoothie recipes? Check out my smoothie recipes.
A Better Way Breakfast Smoothie (from The ABC’s of Wellness)
Sending you health, light, and love,