How Smoothies Can Help with Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might have considered drinking smoothies to replace one or more of your daily meals. They’re particularly popular for breakfast and they can be very useful in helping you to lose weight. Here’s what you need to know about how smoothies can help with weight loss.
Choose your ingredients wisely
If you choose smoothie ingredients that help stabilize your blood sugar and keep your energy levels balanced, your smoothie can be an effective weight loss tool. However, if you choose ingredients that are high in sugars and full of fillers, your blood sugar will spike, which can lead to carb and calorie cravings throughout the rest of the day.
High sugar fruits like pineapple and mangos may seem like a healthy choice, but they’re very high in fructose, a natural fruit sugar that can wreak havoc on your blood sugar. Opt for berries when making a smoothie because they have the lowest sugar content of all fruits. Pair fruit with a full-fat yogurt to minimize the disruption to your blood sugar and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Protein and fiber are important
Adding protein to your smoothie will help you feel fuller for longer, so don’t be afraid to add nut butters, full fat dairy products, or even protein powders to your smoothie to get enough protein. (Aim for around 10 grams of protein per smoothie.)
Fiber is the magic ingredient when it comes to weight loss. It keeps you feeling fuller for longer so you consume fewer calories. Don’t think that all fruits and veggies are equal where fiber is concerned; most fruits have far less than the recommended 10 grams it takes to make you feel full. Add fiber by blending in leafy greens like kale, chia seeds, and even avocado.
Skip the sweeteners
Sugar and honey can add extra calories to your smoothie and they can spike your blood sugar. Artificial sweeteners can potentially trigger food cravings and they have a bad reputation for being ‘unhealthy.’ Use unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk and let your taste buds acclimate. Soon, the taste of a naturally sweetened smoothie will be just as good to you as one with added sugar, and it will be much healthier, too.