So many people think that having a smoothie is a great way to get the recommended 5 a day portion of fruit and veg into their diet, and they aren’t wrong! It’s quick and easy to drink, tastes fruity and doesn’t take up much time to prepare. HOWEVER, sometimes smoothies can be misleading, so be cautious if you plan on buying one from a supermarket as they are usually filled with sugar. Yes, natural sugar but there is usually full fat milk, cream or even ice cream added to make it taste better in order for the company to make sales.
If you are trying to loose weight and are currently just eating fruit (which I personally think is madness) maybe have a re-think. I’m not saying that fruit is a sin but maybe have a look at the sugar content within the amount you are eating as this will effect your weight loss. As I always say, everything in moderation. So try and limit high sugar fruits such as grapes, bananas, mangos, sweet cherries, apples, pineapples, pears and kiwi fruit and instead try and replace them with low sugar content fruits like blueberries, avocado, melon and grapefruit. When fruits have been dried out they also contain excessive amounts of sugar to preserve them for a longer amount of time.
When on a liquid diet it doesn’t satisfy you as much as if you had a solid meal, meaning later on you will end up eating more, thus, not loosing weight and possibly putting your body into starvation mode where it stores fat as it doesn’t know when the next meal is coming. Liquid diets aren’t the best idea. You can not stay on this kind of diet forever and in the end will gain the weight back and sometimes even more.
Personally I have a smoothie every now and again during the week, just to make sure I am getting all the necessary vitamins, minerals and fibre I need as I am on the go most of the time and it’s quick and simple, so I understand where people are coming from. But what I would recommend are ‘green smoothies’. A mix of fruit and veg with all the right greens! Check out my 2 recipe ideas below (I use a blend active blender which I think is awesome but you can use any blender!). They may not sound the most appetising but they do genuinely taste good!
1 cup of kale (boil first to soften otherwise it’ll be hard to digest!)
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup of coconut water
1 ripe avocado
2 teaspoons of honey
200ml low fat milk
Squeeze of lemon juice
Try them out and send in pictures/comments of how they went! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!