There’s a lot of confusion around smoothies. And I get it. There’s an overabundance of protein powders and recipes out there. Not to mention the information surrounding when, what, how much, or why we should be having them.
Most of the smoothies I see posted on Instagram or popular blogs wouldn’t be recommended by me.
But let’s get something straight: I’m a fan of anything that catapults someone to begin to eat healthier foods. If someone is coming off of processed foods and loves having a real-food protein smoothie for breakfast, then that’s awesome.
If someone doesn’t have time to prepare breakfast and has a balanced smoothie instead, great.
If someone gets home late from an exercise class and doesn’t feel like having a huge dinner right before bed, then a smoothie is an excellent option.
But they’re not the best option for always.
Here’s a couple reasons why smoothies must be redefined and reformulated:
That being said, there is still an appropriate time for smoothies. Just be discerning and don’t use them as the “easy button” and eat 3 smoothies per day. I have one for breakfast a couple days per week. Watch the sugar, watch the powder, and make sure they’re balanced!
Wait, what’s balanced?
Make sure your smoothies contain:
How to make your smoothie extra delicious?
After years of putting it off, I think it’s 100% worth it to get a pricey high speed blender. I love my Vitamix. Although other blenders and immersion blenders will get the job done, nothing can create the delicious texture of a high speed blender. Plus, you can use it for soups, sauces, purees, desserts, and aaaall the smoothies.
Are you guys a fan of smoothies? How do you incorporate them into your life?
Oh yeah, here’s my current, most basic, and favorite smoothie recipe right now. IT’S SO GOOD. Very rich. Very filling. Super fall.
Pumpkin pie smoothie
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup almond milk
1/2-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 handful ice
1 handful spinach (I didn’t use here but include if you feel like it)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 1-2 minutes, until the smoothie is uniformly blended.
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