We all know that store-bought smoothies are usually just sugar bombs in disguise, so we play it safe and opt for home-made smoothies to avoid having too many calories in our delicious breakfast drinks, right?
Some people tend to drink up to 3 smoothies on a daily basis and toss all kinds of foods into that poor blender. This is a huge mistake.
You need to know that the first rule of making a perfect healthy drink is: measure everything!
In that name, here are 6 simple ways to avoid adding too many calories in your smoothie:
1. Choose Your Liquids Wisely
Make sure you don’t use store-bought juice for your base. Even 100% fruit juice is not 100% fruit. Simply opt for whole fruit to toss into your blender as this way you’ll get more fiber.
- Coconut water (full of electrolytes)
- milk (dairy or non-dairy)
But bottom line is – no store-bought juices!
2. Protein Is A Must
Adding protein will help you feel full for longer periods of time, while it also blunts the effects of fast-digesting carbs and sugar.
Of course, adding too much protein is also a big no-no.
3. Don’t Forget The Veggies
Far too many smoothie lovers make this rookie mistake and use only fruits. Smoothies are actually a perfect way to increase your veggie intake.
Think leafy greens as they won’t affect the taste. The optimal dose is a cup and a half of produce total.
4. Got (Whole) Milk?
When it comes to dairy products, whole milk isn’t actually best for smoothies. Instead, try using 2 percent milk as it saves you about 25 calories and six grams of fat per cup.
5. Whole-Grain Carbs Only
If you want to thicken up your breakfast cup, uncooked oats are THE way to go. Add some whole-grain carbs for that extra kick, and make sure you don’t use instant oats as these are usually more processed and often contain added sugar.
6. Use Only Calorie-Free Flavors
If you are looking to add some flavor to your perfect smoothie, make sure you avoid sugary ingredients or flavored yogurts.
Instead, use the following calorie-free smoothie condiments:
- Cacao nibs