Smoothies: Healthy or Just a Calorie Cover-up
Losing weight and being healthy can be trying at times, so you make yourself that “healthy smoothie” in the morning because it is quick and easy. Most of the smoothie mixes out there today are not very healthy at all. They are full of calories and leave you hungry just an hour later. Smoothies can be healthy if you know how to make them. Here are a few pointers to making that easy morning smoothie healthy and great tasting too!
Foods to Avoid Adding to Your Healthy Smoothie
Here is a small list of things to avoid putting in your smoothies due to high sugar content. There are a lot more things to avoid out there, make sure you read the label before adding it to your blender.
- Sweetened fruit juice
- Frozen Yogurt
- Premade smoothie mixes
Too much sugar and too much fat are the most common problems with smoothies.
Substitutes for Those Sugary Ingredients
Here is a short list of ingredients that ARE healthy and also can satisfy your sweet tooth. Use in moderation and when using powders, read the instructions carefully.
- Frozen fruit, instead of buying frozen fruit, freeze your own at home.
- Add protein, you can use protein whey powder, yogurt, or almond milk. Protein makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time.
- Use coconut water instead of sugary frozen mixes or juices. Coconuts are high in potassium and electrolytes.
- Avocados are great sources of vitamins. They also keep hunger at bay. And they are a good source of fiber
These ingredients are great alternatives for those who are looking for a healthy smoothie.