Smoothies, when made correctly, can become a tasty and healthy part of almost anyone’s daily diet. From the simplicity of making them to the benefits you can reap, we’ll take a look at four real reasons you should be enjoying them every day as well as our philosophy on how you can make them as beneficial as possible.
Reason 1: They Are Cost Efficient!
When you break down the actual cost what you spend per smoothie, you’ll find that it is incredibly inexpensive, especially when you consider the amount of nutrients you get. Our smoothies usually consist of protein powder, a healthy fat source, fiber, and plenty of greens! What this might look like is one scoop of our Leany Greeny Balanced Meal Organic Protein Powder, a tablespoon of almond butter, 1/3 cup of fruit, a teaspoon of flaxseed, and a handful of kale and spinach. One stop at the grocery store and you could have smoothies for a week or more. A bag of frozen fruit, a tub of almond butter, and bag of flaxseed can all easily go for a week, while the protein powder could fuel two to three weeks of smoothies.
Reason #2: Nutrient Dense and Efficient Way of Meeting Your Daily Needs
Making your own smoothie each day is a great way to skyrocket the amount of beneficial nutrients your body takes in. As we said above, the right smoothies are loaded with greens, have an ample amount of protein, and have a good source of fiber and fat. It allows you to reap the benefits of a real meal, but all in your simple to make drink-anywhere smoothie. By creating your own, you know exactly what is going in each one and can skip the unhealthy ingredients that plague many smoothies that are premade from either a kiosk or grocery store. These are often loaded with sugar without having a well-rounded base, so it’s always better to make your own.
Reason #3: They Are Simple and Quick to Make!
Whether you’re in a rush in the morning and need to get out the door or need something quick and enjoyable mid-day after you get home from work, a smoothie can do the trick. Five minutes or less is all you need to go from ingredients on the counter to a blended masterpiece. If time is really a crunch, consider portioning out your ingredients ahead of time so when you are ready to make a smoothie, all you have to do is throw them in, pour in your preferred liquid such as unsweetened almond milk or water, and add in whatever else you need. For this reason, smoothies are great for people who would have otherwise skipped a meal or resorted to eating a quick, unhealthy alternative like a carb heavy meal, snack, or fast food.
Reason #4: Become Energized While Maintaining Balanced Blood Sugar Levels
There are dozens of other reasons why a smoothie a day is beneficial. Not only do you get better each time at making your smoothie, but you can adapt each one to your specific needs or time of day. One of the best general guidelines for making your smoothie is to try to keep it as low in sugar as possible. By doing so, you ensure your smoothie will be as good to your health as it is to your taste buds. A low sugar smoothie will ensure your mood stays stabilized, your blood sugar remains balanced, reduce your risk for inflammatory digestive conditions, and you won’t suffer an energy crash a little while after enjoying it.
To keep your smoothie on the lower side of sugar, be sure to evaluate each source you are putting in. For example, if you are using almond milk, unsweetened almond milk will have 0g of sugar compared to regular almond milk, which could have 7 to 10. Smucker’s nut butter, without anything else added, you get at the grocery store is on the lower end as well, boasting 0g of sugar as opposed to 6g to 8g of sugar you might find in a commercial brand. Try to limit your fruit to 1/3 cup or less – for example, you could use 1/3 of a banana or a small handful of mixed berries.
Even though your smoothie will have considerably less sugar following the above steps, you can still make it taste great. A little bit of vanilla or cinnamon can give it just the right amount of flavoring without having any sugar added. If you feel like the amount of greens are throwing off your smoothie, try sticking to spinach as opposed to kale – it’s less strong and bitter, so chances are you won’t even notice it in your smoothie.
Our Philosophy on the Perfect Smoothie
You may have caught it above under reason #1, but we do believe there is a generally optimal way to go about making each smoothie. As advocates of a plant-based diet, our LeanyGreeny Organic Balanced Meal protein powder is a great base to start with – its based off a pea, cranberry, hemp, and sacha inchi protein blend. This creates a complete protein amino acid profile that is easily digested and absorbed. After that, don’t be afraid to add even more green to your smoothies! Collard greens, kale, spinach, beets, and celery are just a few vegetables that will grind up great in the blender to add even more nutrition to your smoothie. Follow it up with a clean fat and fiber source like flax or chia seeds, and you’ll be on your way to a well-rounded smoothie that you can enjoy every day!