Smoothies. They’re like the unhealthiest healthy food there is.
Is there another “healthy” food that has such a wide range of nutritional composition?
Like, you can’t make apples that unhealthy. You could cover ’em in chocolate and dip them in honey, and yeah, that’s pretty unhealthy, but they’re still apples.
On the other hand, you can make your smoothie with ice cream and reeses’ peanut butter cups. That is deadly to a diet.
So yeah, smoothies can be unhealthy if you make them with unhealthy ingredients. Duh.
But did you also know that they can make you gain weight, even if you think you’re doing them right?
Here are 4 common smoothie mistakes that actually make people gain weight.
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Mistake #1: Too Much Fruit
Fruits are good. They’re better than cake, ice cream, and other unhealthy foods.
Why? Because they’re packed with nutrients and also pack a good deal of fiber.
However, they also pack a lot of calories for how healthy they are.
This is because of all the sugar that’s inside fruit. They’re sweet for a reason, folks.
So you think you’re making a healthy 5 fruit smoothie, but it actually turns out to be 500 calories. Ouch.
Next time, go a bit lighter on the fruit and a bit heavier on protein powder, tofu, yogurt, soy milk, or nuts.
Mistake #2: Too Much Sweetener
This is kind of silly coming up right after fruits, since we were just talking about how too much sweet stuff = too much sugar = too many calories, but it’s another common mistake, so I’m sticking it here.
You might be tempted to add just a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to your smoothie, and who could blame you? Those things are delicious!
Unfortunately, they also pack 60 unneeded calories into your smoothie, turning it from healthy to ‘ehhhh it’s fine I guess’.
If you want your smoothies to be actually healthy so that you can lose weight, stick with plain yogurt or unsweetened soy or almond milk. It won’t be as sweet, but it’s much better for you.
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Mistake #3: Not Enough Fiber
Fiber is super great. If you want to lose weight, fiber is your best friend.
Why? For so many reasons, that’s why.
It fills you up to prevent hunger pangs that lead you to crummy food, it keeps you regular so that your metabolism keeps burning strong, and it flushes toxins out of your body.
Fiber! It’s great!
That’s why you need a lot of it in your smoothies.
Some smoothie ingredients that are high in fiber include kale, berries, avocado, kiwi, beans, chia seeds, and pear.
Some that don’t include apples and banana. Stick to the high fiber foods and keep your smoothies healthy.
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Mistake #4: Not Enough Protein
OK, so you packed your smoothie full of kale, cucumber, and enough fiber-ful veggies to make the most constipated person in the world glue themselves to the toilet for days. Awesome.
Except you forgot one thing: protein.
Protein is super important to maintaining your energy levels during the day. If you’re susceptible to energy crashes followed by irresponsible snacking, make sure to load up your smoothie with some protein to put off that bad snacking – at least 10 grams.
Go for milk, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, nut butter, or soy milk for the protein kick your smoothie needs.
And if you’re stuck for ideas, check out these awesome high protein smoothie recipes.
Smoothie Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight
- Too much fruit
- Too much sweetener
- Not enough fiber
- Not enough protein
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