Are smoothies good for you? They can be. With the right ingredients, you can pack a wealth of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and protein into each delicious smoothie – without adding sweeteners or bad fats.
Follow these 5 tips and every smoothie you make will be truly good for you:
1. Balance the Fruit to Veggie Ratio
Sure, fruit has outstanding health benefits, but eating too much can skyrocket your sugar intake. Balance out the fruit in your smoothie with vegetables such as kale, spinach, cucumber, squash, yam, or pulses. Aim for a 2:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit.
2. Use Unsweetened Ingredients
When including dairy or non-dairy alternatives, keep your smoothie’s sugar content down by choosing unsweetened, unflavoured varieties. This means using plain yogurt instead of flavoured and “unsweetened” soy milk instead of “original.”
3. Add an Extra Source of Fibre
Take the fibre in your smoothie to a level beyond what the fruit and vegetables contribute. Adding a scoop of SlimStyles® PGX® Granules or a tablespoon of chia, hemp, or ground flax seeds will help keep you full and even more satisfied.
4. Include Protein
When you drink a smoothie after your workout it should contain protein to help your body recover. PGX Satisfast™ Whey Protein Drink Mix makes for a delicious smoothie base that provides 10 g of protein per scoop. Greek yogurt, nut butter, and tofu are also sources of protein that create a smooth texture, while cooked quinoa, lentils, and black beans add protein and extra fibre.
5. Control Your Portion
When food is healthy it’s easy to rationalize a large portion; however, you’re better off sticking to a serving size that’s suitable for your caloric needs. As a guide, Health Canada’s reference amount for smoothies is 250 ml (1 cup) per serving.
*Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.