For healthy weight loss to occur we need to reduce our intake of calories which means we should focus on eating foods that are high in nutrients, but lower in calories. If they taste great and can satisfy our biological hunger, that’s even better. That’s why smoothies are the perfect “meal” when you are trying to eat healthier while dropping a few pounds.
Here are just a few ways that incorporating smoothies into our daily diet can help us reach our nutritional goals:
How Smoothies Can Help You Eat Better And Lose Weight
Smoothies are Packed with Nutrients: You can pack a lot of nutrients in your smoothies with ingredients like fresh or frozen berries, assorted fruits and plenty of dark, leafy greens vegetables. For an added kick, substitute coconut water instead of plain water to maintain the consistency you desire while at the same time adding essential minerals and electrolytes.
Smoothies Can Fill You Up Without the Calories: By using ample amounts of leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and chard, you can create a smoothie that’s both low in calories and high in fiber, which helps give you that feeling of being “full” without eating a huge meal. Cucumbers, peppers, and even tomatoes can help add more dietary fiber to your smoothie without adding unnecessary calories and limiting the amount of sugars. Sugars, even if they are all natural, tend to be digested relatively quickly, leaving your body craving more in a short amount of time. For cutting down on sugars even more, try to use fruit sparingly and opt for low sugar varieties like berries for best results.
Smoothies Are Versatile Part of a Balanced Diet: One of the great things about smoothies is that that are no hard and fast recipes you must follow, meaning you can add virtually any ingredient you prefer to them. It also means that you can use your smoothie as a way to address deficiencies in other parts of your diet. Just include additional ingredients to fill any nutritional holes you may have. For example, if you know your other meals for the day will be lower in protein, you may add a scoop of protein powder or perhaps some peanut butter to compensate. If you’re lacking in healthy fats, use half an avocado and some flax seed meal in your smoothies. It is also a great way to ensure that you will always have your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies Are Simple to Prepare: Healthy meal prep doesn’t get any easier than it does when making a smoothie. Just pick your ingredients, measure the servings needed, and put it all in the blender. In just a few quick seconds you’re ready to go. Even clean-up is a snap with nothing more than a quick rinse, then blending a bit of hot water and soap to clean out the smoothie maker. The only dishes left to clean are the glass you served it in and maybe a the knife and cutting board you used to chop up your produce.
Smoothies Taste Great: Of course, if you do them correctly, smoothies can be also be a very delicious treat. Finding out the best combinations of ingredients that suit your tastes may take some trial-and-error, but if you keep an open mind, you will surely find what flavors are your favorites that you don’t mind drinking on a regular basis as a delicious and nutritious addition to a healthy diet.