Why Make A Smoothie
1. They are quick and easy. I timed how long it took me to make my routine smoothie with frozen berries, yogurt, spinach, collagen powder, chia seeds, flax seed and water. To prep, make and even wash it took me less than 5 minutes. I do this sometimes if I’ve failed at food prepping my lunch, or if I just want something to tie me over until dinner.
2. A smoothie provides hydration. There’s mostly water in smoothies, great way to get in those necessary ounces of water for the day.
3. They hide vegetables! If you cringe at the thought of eating 1 more salad, a smoothie is a great alternative. Handful of spinach, bell peppers, carrots, you name it, blended all up with some berries, guaranteed you won’t even know it’s there.
4. Great way to increase fiber intake. Adding fiber supplement or flax seed to your smoothie will help you hit you daily fiber goals, which should be > 30 grams, by the way.
5. It will reduce cravings. If you struggle with hunger pains between meals, a smoothie is a great way to curb your appetite. Instead of caving into those 2-day old office bagels, a smoothie will give you healthy nutrients and a sensation of fullness that will tie you over until your next meal.
6. Great way to get antioxidants and vitamins. Unless you are a fantastic eater and eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables EVERY DAY (I struggle with this too), then a smoothie is a great option to load up on those servings. It will provide a nutrient dense meal without excess calories.
I do believe smoothies should be used in moderation. I don’t usually recommend them as meal replacements on a routine basis. Like I said above, I sometimes struggle with this because I will occasionally do smoothies for my workdays, when I’ve gotten behind on meal prep. In my opinion eating whole foods is still superior nutrition in the long run, from hormone control to satiety satisfaction. Smoothies can be a great supplement but use it wisely. Make sure you make your own smoothies at home versus buy them at the store. Store bought smoothies are usually loaded with extra calories and a massive amount of sugar. You control your ingredients at home.
Good luck out there families!