ARE SMOOTHIES MAKING YOU GAIN WEIGHT?
Maybe. A lot of times we think "smoothie, healthy!" But there are a lot of factors that go into a smoothie being a food that will help you achieve your physique goals:
1) The right quantity - it's easy to overeat calories in a smoothie because liquid calories are not as satiating as whole food calories, so make sure you measure your peanut butter, fruit and protein powder instead of just eyeballing it.
2) Beware of pre-digestion - a smoothie is technically pre-digested so it will be absorbed more quickly than a whole meal which can lead to blood sugar spikes. Best to have a smoothie pre or post workout when your body can utilize the quick carbs well.
3) Avoid adding sugar. If you add agave or maple syrup to your smoothie thinking you're doing something healthy, you're not. The sugar + fruit + pre-digestion = big insulin spike.
Here are my keys for a great smoothie:-
Add at least 25-35g protein powder
Add 1 Tbs. fat like cashew butter to slow digestion
Add some greens
Use a low glycemic load fruit like blueberries or cherries
Limit to a 300 calorie portion
What is your favorite smoothie? I'm a sucker for anything peanut butter and banana flavored!
Tell me yours below!