Drinking smoothies is a delicious yet a simple way to get nutrients and stay healthy. While smoothies might taste good, they might not be the best for your waistline! Some smoothies, however, contain a ton of sugar and calories that hinder your diet. So be sure you aren’t making these smoothie mistakes!
Regardless of whether you’re juicing or making a smoothie, here are few common smoothie mistakes you should avoid.
1. Too Much Fruit, Not Enough Veggies
Fruits are loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that keep us looking and feeling good. Unfortunately, fruits are also high in fructose, which can lead to high blood sugar and weight gain.
Fruits are obviously a big part of smoothies, and there’s nothing wrong with blending them up in your juice. Be sure to include plenty of veggies though in order to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients and not just sugar.
The greener your smoothie, the more chlorophyll you’ll get. Chlorophyll is a nutrient that helps promote blood oxygenation, cleanses your system, and gives you a boost of energy. If green smoothies don’t sound appealing, flavor them with lemon or lime juice for some fruity, sugar-free flavor.
2. Not Enough Fiber or Protein
Fiber and protein are key nutrients when it comes to weight loss and muscle building. Fiber curbs your appetite by filling you up and promoting good digestion. Protein not only helps build muscle; it also gives you the energy you need to get through the day. If you’re looking to add more protein to your smoothie, Greek yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese, or nut milk will do the trick. For more fiber, add berries, kale, kiwi, avocado, or chia seeds.
3. Drinking on a Full Stomach
The best time to drink a smoothie is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You won’t feel full after you drink it, and your body will be able to absorb all of the nutrients more efficiently. Once you’ve digested, you’ll have plenty of room for another meal.
4. Adding Too Much Ice
Smoothies taste best when they’re chilled and refreshing. Adding too much ice to your smoothie though can make it watery and diminish the taste of all of the good stuff you blended in. Instead of overdoing it on ice, try chilling the fruit you plan on using in your smoothie. Freezing fresh fruit gives you the same chilled, refreshing taste without all of the slush.
5. Adding Extra Sweeteners
Smoothies are healthily sweet with an abundance of fruit or a few spoonfuls of creamy yogurt. Adding ice cream, milk, honey, or syrup will not only be a sugar overload, but add on a ton of unneccessary calories. Stick to low fat yogurt, soy or almond milk, and even some apple or cranberry juice diluted with water. You’ll still cater to your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.