- SUGAR: so many packets of smoothie/shake mix contain gross amounts of sugar. Like every substance, if your body isn't burning enough calories that sugar will turn into fat. Artery clogging fat (even if the packet says it's been made with dehydrated strawberries). Fruits themselves already have a lot of natural sugars, so try REAL fruit concoctions to make a sweet and healthy treat.
- PROTEIN: If you are a person who doesn't do a lot of weight training exercises, you probably shouldn't be drinking protein shakes. Protein shakes are meant to add EXTRA protein to those individuals who are trying to "bulk up" and build more muscle. Thinking that its a healthy addition to your diet can mean that you're still overloading on calories. As with sugar, any excess protein in your system will be turned into fat because that is how our body stores energy. Too bad you can't get away with that milkshake labeled "protein shake!" because it's still going to add a few extra pounds.
- UPPER LIMITS: When it comes to vitamins, vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble. This means that they are going to be absorbed into your body and blood streams versus other vitamins (like C) which are water soluble and will essentially be peed out once our body has absorbed all that it wants. The problem with fat soluble vitamins is that we can reach toxicity levels if we eat too much of a food containing them. For example, one cup of kale contains well over 1,000% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. While Kale is still considered one of the healthiest vegetables, to go overboard on those fun green kale smoothies (like three a day) can result in some health defects like GI distress.
Today my breakfast smoothie consisted of the following ingredients:
Half of a Banana
Half of an Avocado
Four large Strawberries
Ice and Water
It truly was a delicious and filling breakfast- try it out!