Smoothies are popular with the diet crowd, and by combining and blending different fruits with a vegetable, you may feel like you’re meeting your nutritional requirements.
On those busy mornings when you don’t have time to prepare a full-course breakfast, drinking a smoothie will keep you from starving to death before lunch. However, like everything else in life, there is always a down side.
You May Still Feel Hungry
Liquids may not satisfy your appetite like solid food, and so you may eat more later in the day, which can send the scale into overdrive.
It Affects Your Blood Sugar
According to Dr. Thomas M. Campbell, medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, “When you blend fruit with a veggie, you’re absorbing much more of the fruit and that can cause a rapid rise and fall of your blood sugar. Your energy can plummet, which makes for a very tiring day.
There Are Healthier Substitutes
Fruits and vegetables in their natural form provide needed nutrients, and they’re easy to prepare ahead of time. Cut melons into cubes, have a bowl of grapes on hand, or make a fruit salad with apples, pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries, which is my personal favorite.
Put some cooked greens in a Ziploc and mix into omelets or scrambled eggs. You’ll have to get up earlier, but the protein will give you energy to motor through your day. Layer cucumbers on sandwiches and top with a juicy tomato.
This doesn’t mean that you can never have another smoothie, but don’t make it an everyday thing. As a time saver, you can mix your smoothie the night before so it’s ready for you when you need it.
What has been your experience with Smoothies?