Whhhaaatt?! My smoothie might be making me fat? No way! But it is actually possible and it’s a really easy thing to fix. As you incorporate my Clean & Colorful Concept into your life, I want you to get the best results possible. This is one simple mistake I see people make and I’d like to teach you what it is and how to avoid it!
Remember, here’s what we’re striving for:
Teresa Marie’s Clean & Colorful Concept
- Eat Less Processed Food.
- Eat all 5 Colors Everyday.
- Swap one Snack or Meal per day with a Juice or Smoothie.
- Exercise at least 21-Minutes a Day 6 Days a Week.
With all that said, it would sound like a fruit smoothie is the way to go, right? Knock out three of the four universal diet truths with one quick move. And yes, you totally can, but there are a few tricks to make this work in your fat burning favor.
Why Your Breakfast Smoothie Might be Making You Fat
It’s with the best of intentions, I see it all the time. The video above says it all in 8 quick minutes, but let me highlight the two important points below.
Common Smoothie Mistake:
It seems like it would be a good idea to load up on fruit to maximize your vitamins and minerals right? So why not put pineapple, mango, bananas, strawberries, etc into the blender. And then pop in some extra orange juice to mix it all up (add some extra vitamin C too, right?) and then add some lowfat vanilla yogurt to make it all creamy?
What’s wrong with that?
Well…it’s not as bad as something from the drive-through because those are minimally processed, essentially whole ingredients, right? But simply put, it’s more sugar in one jolt than the amount of fiber and protein can buffer. We’re talking like 600+ calories and ~100+ grams of sugar with only about 6 grams of fiber and 16g of protein.
You’ll see a huge spike in blood sugar, followed by insulin which promotes energy storage…as glycogen first in your liver and muscles. But when those are full…all the extra energy goes to FAT! Yup, just like you ate a snickers, but all you did was have an innocent fruit smoothie. It’s such a bummer!
The Skinny Smoothie Solution:
When you’re making things in your kitchen, you have so much control to make things even better! You can still maximize your vitamins and minerals with the right fruit, but you can buffer that huge blood sugar spike by adding more protein, fiber and greens. Here is my favorite recipe, I make it nearly…every-single-day!
The Fat Burning Smoothie Recipe:
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 cup water
Optional: If you’re making this smoothie as a meal, you’ll want to add more satiating power, so add these to make this smoothie tie you over for hours!
- 1/4 cup raw oats
- 1 T coconut oil
Directions: Put it all in the blender on high and blend until smooth!
What makes this recipe better?
Well, it’s going to have the same phytochemical power from all the produce in there, but we’ve cut the sugar down to just 15 grams. And we can slow that down by adding more protein (~30 grams) and fiber (soluble and insoluble) to slow digestion so you’re satisfied for hours!
Want more ideas on how to live Clean & Colorful?
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What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP