The Internet is filled with smoothie recipes that call for handfuls of greens, spoonful’s of protein powder and orchards of fruit. It seems like a good idea—slurp down an entire day’s serving of fruits and veggies at once and get them out of the way. That rush of energy right after you finish drinking a smoothie feels so invigorating and so healthy. But is it really good for you? Well, yes and no.
Why Your Perfect Smoothie Recipes may not be so Perfect
There’s a good reason why you wouldn’t eat a cup of berries, an apple, a banana, half a mango and a cup of orange juice all in one sitting. It’s called sugar rush! And adding a scoop of protein powder won’t do much to prevent the blood sugar spike you’ll experience after chugging all those fruits in smoothie form. And if you’re drinking smoothies to control calories and lose weight, you may be surprised to know that taking in food as liquids won’t satisfy your appetite as well as taking it in solid form. So eating those fruits and vegetables instead of drinking them is actually much more helpful in maintaining control of your calories.
And Here’s Why Smoothies are Great
If you know it takes a threat on your life to get you to eat a pile of greens then, by all means, that green smoothie is a much better option than no greens at all. Just be sure to limit the amount of fruit or fruit juice you’re adding to make the drink palatable.
Smoothies are quick, easy and portable. Lots of folks wouldn’t have breakfast at all if it weren’t drinkable. If you’re relying on the blender for your morning meal, choose smoothie recipes that are well balanced and include green vegetables, protein from yogurt or a high-quality protein powder, and healthy fats like those found in natural unrefined organic extra virgin coconut oil. Ultimately, the scoop on smoothies is that they’re not all created equal. Low-sugar, high protein drinks make a good snack, but daily meal replacement may not be the healthiest choice. If you are going to opt for a smoothie it should meet the same nutritional standards you would expect in a cooked meal.