Smoothies have become a staple in today’s diet for many health conscious individuals and are even available on many restaurant menus. They can make the perfect breakfast, but what should you really focus on when making or ordering your smoothie?
Protein, Fiber, Greens and Healthy Fats are the keys to a healthy power packed smoothie.
Protein: protein is an important part of your smoothie, and will help keep you full until lunch. Protein also helps rebuild and repair your muscles after your morning workout, aiding in recovery. Check out some clean protein options for your smoothie HERE.
Fiber: fiber can be a taboo topic, and many people are nervous about adding “too much fiber” into their diet. Fiber helps you poop. Yes, I said it. Fiber aids in elimination, it pulls waste and toxins from your body. This includes illness, disease, and toxic garbage from your body and gets rid of it. Think of it as a brillo pad cleaning the walls of your intestines… kind of amazing! Fiber is essential to every diet, and actually helps to keep you fuller longer and can aid is weight management.
Greens: greens are probably my favorite addition because you can add a handful (or two, bonus points!) of spinach or kale to your smoothie without altering the flavor. Spinach is the easiest green to add because it is so mild, it may turn your smoothie bright green, but you won’t taste it. This comes in especially handy with kids, great way to sneak in some more vegetables.
Healthy Fats: fats have received a bad rap for many years, but slowly our society is re-educating themselves on the importance of a healthy diet and healthy fats. Healthy fats are an essential to a healthy diet. They keep your body full by slowing the digestion of protein and other foods, they also help to heal the gut and repair damage from leaky gut, celiac and many other chronic gut conditions. Some of my favorite healthy fats are coconut oil, avocado, and nut butters.