Aw fruit … how I love thee. While fruit is full of vitamins and minerals, it’s also full of sugar. While fruit sugar is a lot healthier than say, candy, a lot of ANY kind of sugar in the morning will lead to energy crashes later in the day. Now, don’t let this become a fruit bashing post. That’s not what this is about. This is about balance. Fruit sugar is great – if it’s balanced out with other nutrients. Adding sources of protein and fats slows down the absorption process and allows your body to use the glucose more effectively. You have to give up your smoothies all together, but adding a few ingredients can make the smoothie easier on your body. Below I’ve listed 4 steps to a perfect smoothie.
1) Keep it vegetable based.
Use more vegetables and add only a little bit of fruit for sweetness. Vegetables are less sugary and provide a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals. Check out the recipes below for some ideas!
2) Add Fat
It’s important to add fat to balance out your nutrient intake. I almost always use avocados as a base. This allows my body to absorb the carbohydrates slower and have more even energy throughout the day.
3) Add Protein
No meal is complete without all three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fats, and protein. I usually add a scoop or two of this collagen or nuts to get a boost of protein. Gelatin and collagen are the only protein supplements that I use. Other protein powders are too processed for my taste. They are also great for the healing the gut lining and improving digestion. The difference between gelatin and collagen is that gelatin turns foods jello-y and collagen doesn’t!
4) Eat it sitting down and with a spoon
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve digestion is to SLOW DOWN while you’re eating. Take a minute to really taste and enjoy your food. “Chewing” your smoothies allows the enzymes in your saliva time to mix with the food.
Smoothie Recipe Ideas
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie:
- Handful of almonds
- Canned pumpkin
- 1 Banana
- Cinnamon and allspice to taste
Carrot Orange Ginger Smoothie:
- 1 Scoop of Collagen
- Ginger to taste
- 1 Scoop of Collagen
- Greens of choice (beet greens, spinach, chard, kale, romaine, etc.)
- Pear or green apples to taste