Smoothies have become an on-the-go staple for health-conscious eaters, and we have to agree: They’re ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and veggies, and are ready in seconds. What’s not to love, right? But not all smoothies are created equal. In fact, many store-bought smoothies are loaded with excess sugar and calories.
Is it healthy to have a smoothie for breakfast?
Smoothies can make a healthy breakfast if you have a good balance of ingredients and nutrients—including protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Smoothies that heavily rely on veggies over fruit instantly cuts down on sugar and increases the fiber content. You also want to avoid adding a lot of fruit juice and sweeteners, like syrups and honey, to limit the sweet stuff. Adding yogurt and protein powder helps make smoothies more filling, so you’ll stay satisfied longer. Just be sure to choose varieties that have little to no added sugar and have zero artificial ingredients
The liquid bases you use in your smoothie also play a big role. Skip fruit juices, which are packed with sugar and lack protein and fat, and go for low-fat milk or an unsweetened, non-dairy milk alternative, like almond, coconut, or cashew. Some non-dairy milks have less protein than cow’s milk, but they offer healthy fats to keep you satiated.