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Posted this ins "foods" and got no response... but it's related to weight loss so here goes another try, I really need some guidance with this one!!
So I just watched a video and got very interested in a new way to get more fruits into my diet. I'd like to start replacing my current breakfast options with a fruit smoothie (frozen fruits, fresh fruits, low cal fruit juice, etc). Seems pretty simple.
But, the video mentioned flaxseed oil/protien powders/adding greens into the smoothie. Does anyone have any experience with smoothies or any advice about adding supplaments such as oils/veggies/powders to the smoothie for added benefits?
The only thing I add to smoothies in addition to the fruit is either, yogurt, milk, apple or cranberry juice depending on what fruits I am using.
flaxseed oil, protein powders etc sound to me like the kind of things people add when they are on a weight/muscle building programme
Oh goodness yes... I have 2 or 3 every day! Usually I do a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast with MLO brown rice protein powder and a vegetable smoothie with MLO vegetable protein powder for a snack when I get home from school/work. I use a magic bullet.
It is a great way to get lots of fruits and veggies. In the morning I will add in fresh berries of all kinds (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries) and sometimes a banana. I use Bolthouse brand juice (Blue Goodness- it has lots of B vitamins) and no sugar added cranberry juice as the base. Sometimes I will add in nuts (almonds or pecans) if I have them around. For the veggie, I use carrots, spinach, and Bolthouse Green Goodness (with the protein powder, of course). You can add a lime to veggie smoothies to cut the vegetable taste if you aren't a fan.
IMHO, adding the protein is really important, otherwise you have a cup full of carbs and sugar. They are good carbs and natural sugars, but you want some protein nonetheless. Using the magic bullet or some other blender is better than a juicer because you get to keep all the fiber from the fruits and veggies.
Good point about the protein jessrene - I never thought about it like that I might just have to go out and pick up some protein powder now
Just make sure you get a high quality one. So many of the protein powders now are full of fillers and chemicals and stuff that you don't want to mix with your beautiful fresh fruits and veggies!
Using the bolthouse juices is a great idea... as is everything else you posted! thanks!!
I endorse packing in baby spinach to your fruit smoothies, not just veggie juices. You can't taste it at all and it'll really up the vitamins, minerals, volume, and fiber! The colour might take a bit of adjusting-to, though.
I have a green smoothie every day! It invigorates me in the morning or helps with my energy dip in the afternoon. I prefer much less sweet ones so here's what I do:
1 big handful greens (baby spinach is most smooth, but pump doesn't bother me so I rotate with kale, swiss chard, rainbow chard, collard greens, spinach, and dandelion leaves)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 medium apple
1 scoop of superfood green powder (spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorella, etc.)
The way smoothies go is you generally have a banana or avocado for the creamy base, throw in some other fruits, and then might as well throw in greens cause the fruit taste masks it, they're low in calories, and it's a TON of nutrients. Some people add protein powder or use milk/yogurt for thickness too, but I have a lot of beliefs about not mixing certain food groups (i.e., fruit and protein) in a meal and am vegan so I don't use those options.
Smoothies are great pick me ups and using frozen fruit or ice to blend in the summer makes it a great treat!
How do you guys justify the amount of sugar that is in the smoothies? I know fruit sugars are different than eating a candy bar, but my banana takes up about half of my Calorie Counter alloted amount of sugar for the day. So I feel like I may not be getting enough fruit because I'm worried about the sugars.
I don't care about sugar. I feel like the sugar they are restricting you on is processed sugar found in processed or fake foods. Considering all the food I eat is whole food (plain instant oatmeal is probably the most processed thing I eat), I can't imagine that any of the natural foods are bad for me in any way.
That being said if you eat like 10 fruits a day or have diabetes or another health condition, it might be different. But if all the "sugar" you're eating is natural fructose in fruits, I can't imagine going over CCs recommendations is "bad" in any way, shape or form.
If you eat processed foods though with sugar in them, you can justify the amount of sugar in the smoothies by not eating the processed foods to balance out the amount of sugar you have in a day.