In today’s fast-paced world, many people are actively substituting their meals for smoothies. Unlike meals, smoothies are portable, without any additional messes, and can be consumed conveniently on the go. Despite the benefits, many people are skeptical about substituting a meal with a smoothie in the long run. If you have ever wondered whether a healthy smoothie can replace a meal, continue reading this blog to find out more.
Smoothies as Meals
Some dieticians believe substituting meals with smoothies is healthy if done correctly. This means that your smoothie at mealtime should look very different than it would be if consumed for a snack. For example, a smoothie as a meal should have health supplements that can combine to form a hearty blend. This means that you should add at least two different types of protein, such as nut butter and Greek yogurt. Additionally, make sure there is a fiber-boosting component such as oats and dates in your blend as well.
Smoothies as Snacks
When consuming a smoothie as a snack, your ingredients can be lighter than the ingredients used for a meal substitute. This means that adding a combination of fruits, veggies, and some base liquid should be enough. However, if you want to be fuller for prolonged periods, we recommend adding some nut butter or yogurt to the blend as well. Unlike a meal smoothie, your snack smoothie will have a smoother texture and will be easily sippable.
Is a Smoothie Diet Sustainable?
Have you ever heard of the 21- day smoothie diet? Designed by Drew Sgoutas, the smoothie diet will help people lose weight faster by substituting some meals with smoothies. However, like every restrictive diet, this one is not very sustainable either. When smoothies are consumed as part of a balanced diet, they can help you shed a healthy weight. However, if consumed in a restrictive manner, you will put on the shed weight faster than before.
Adopting a Balanced Diet
At Natural Foods + Juice Caboose, we strongly advocate for healthy and nutritious diets. This means that incorporating a healthy amount of smoothies and cold-pressed juices from your local juice bar in your daily diet can sustain a healthier lifestyle. You can quickly get affordable and organic produce from any Natural Grocer store to prepare meals that include smoothies. A balanced diet is much more sustainable and a better way to detox.
While healthy smoothies can easily replace meals, we do not recommend making a lifestyle out of it. This means that having healthy smoothies as part of your daily nutritional intake is advisable. For example, many people prefer smoothie snacks as they are lighter, easily digestible, and help keep you fuller for prolonged periods. Give us a call or visit our location in Kettering, OH, if you are craving a healthy smoothie meal or snack.