It has been an ongoing debate whether or not smoothies are healthy. At first look, we would say of course they are! These drinks contain fiber, folate, Vitamin C, and Potassium which come from the fruit itself. You also get your fix of protein and calcium by adding milk or yogurt in your smoothie recipe. Healthy, right? But let’s look into your fruit smoothie deeper, shall we? In order to consider something healthy, we should always check the ingredients of what we are consuming. That means the nutrients, sugar content, and more. One common misconception about fruit smoothies are that they are healthy without considering how much sugar is in that drink. One should always keep in mind that most store-bought smoothies are often high in sugar and you will be going way beyond the recommended amount of sugar consumption in a day.
But let’s say you’re the type who has a lot of things to do and places to be. And with that kind of lifestyle, eating really just takes up too much of your time so you opt for a smoothie instead. It’s quick, it’s easy – with just some fruits, your choice of liquid, and a blender, you can come up with all sorts of recipes.
And let’s be honest here, you don’t really get to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day, so here’s when fruit smoothies come in – since one drink can contain multiple serving of fruit and vegetables, it can help increase your produce consumption. But whether or not a simple smoothie is healthy, the answer would really depend on the ingredients you put and the portions you serve to yourself.
In order to keep your smoothies healthy, make it a habit to make your own smoothies at home instead of buying it at a store or at a restaurant so that you can reduce or eliminate sugar. Take note that the fruits, and possibly the milk or yogurt you’ll be using can be naturally sweet enough already. It is also important to watch your serving size or else you will be consuming more calories than needed. Keep in mind that one smoothie can contain several servings of fruit already. You can also experiment with ingredients, so do not limit yourself to just fruits. You can add other vegetables to your smoothie such as leafy greens, carrots, and pumpkin to increase the nutrients you consume. And lastly, include a healthy source of fat such as nuts, nut butters, avocado, chia seeds or flax. By adding a healthy source of fat, your smoothie can be more filling and can help improve metabolism.
So bottomline is, considering fruit smoothies as healthy would depend on the ingredients in the drink, as well as your portion control. Make it a habit to check nutrition facts not only in smoothies, but in other food you consume as well.