Smoothies can be a great option for a quick and tasty meal replacement.
I personally love having a smoothie for breakfast. They are quick, easy, convenient, and full of all the good stuff my body needs to start the day! If made right, they are nutrient-dense and filling!
While smoothies have become a popular meal replacement, snack, and trendy food, if they are made the wrong way, you can be consuming a sugar-loaded beverage that won’t be doing you any good and will leave you with cravings, and still feeling hungry.
Keep these tips in mind when building your own smoothies
- Fat has little to no effect on blood sugar (this is a good thing!). When eaten with protein and carbs fat slows down the absorption of these foods, which helps to avoid spikes in blood sugar. Fat keeps you satisfied for longer, so you can avoid the post-smoothie hanger.
- Protein works along with fat for satiation and it keeps blood sugar steady. Protein is also important to maintaining muscle mass.
- Fiber, like fat, slows down the process of sugar absorption. Fiber also promotes a healthy gut microbiome, and supports detoxification.
- Leafy greens, plants, veggies, and herbs are all great at adding more fiber, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and antioxidants. Remember to mix things up to change up the nutrients you are getting.
- Fresh & Frozen fruits are added for flavor and sweetness along with additional fiber, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and antioxidants. Remember less is more. We want to avoid blood sugar spikes.
- Toppings require chewing, and chewing is a good thing when it comes to digestion. Chewing releases salivary enzymes that initiate digestion. Chewing also sends signals to the rest of the digestive system to release digestive enzymes, stomach acid, and other chemical reactions needed to properly break down food and maximize nutrient absorption.