Over the years there has been a craze with people talking about smoothies on the internet and many more smoothie shops have been opening up all around my area. There was a time where I was heavily into the smoothie diet. I didn’t really treat it as a diet but I would probably have 1 to 2 a day, this was about 2 years ago. I was not too adventurous on what I would put in my smoothies and it always seemed to have the same fruits and vegetables. I really never varied the flavors but I was fine with that and it worked for me.
When I was drinking the smoothies a couple times a day I would use my nutribullet. It was convenient, quick and the cleanup with a nutribullet was easy but it did break down on me. I think I had it for about 6 months and something went wrong in the base of the machine and it stopped working. Although this was a pain when I did let nutribullet know what had happened they sent me a new base and told me to keep the old one. I guess I was still under their warranty. Good work nutribullet for not making me jump hoops for a replacement.
Back to the smoothies, I would usually have 1 every morning and sometimes if I would go home for lunch I would have another one. My smoothies would always have spinach or a leafy green, celery, and cucumber. The fruits I would vary with blueberries, banana’s, pears, and apples, sometimes I would put a little bit of each or just 2 of the 4 fruits listed. I would always try and put a banana so it would have a more creamy texture. Sometimes I would use avacado but only half because a full one would make it too creamy. For the liquid I would use either water, coconut water, coconut milk or almond milk. There was never a rhyme or reason to my choices, it was usually what was readily available. I would say almond milk was my favorite because it added a nutty taste. If I had flax or chia I would throw it in for fiber.
My thoughts on Smoothies?
Smoothies are a very fast and convenient way to get in your fruits and vegtables, I could whip one up in a matter of minutes and chug it at home before I step out the door or I would bring it with me on my ride to work. I always chugged. The smoothie would usually keep me full for 2-3 hours and I felt energized. I am a big coffee junkie but when I went on the smoothie diet I felt I did not depend on caffeine like I usually do., that was a huge plus in my books. Feeling energized with no stimulant. Not only did I have more energy but it also helped my insides feel good, I felt cleaner and lighter. I don’t really know why I stopped drinking smoothies daily but after writing this I think I may just have to start up again. Only downside I can think of is that you are not chewing or digesting solid food which I think does hinder your digestive system (don’t quote me on this).
I want you guys to let me know your smoothies stories and if you are just trying it out for the first time, give it a month and let me know your thoughts and if it had a positive or negative impact on your overall health.