A smoothie is easy drink to prepare and is worth a snack before or after workout. But, attention: your healthy glass may be full of calories.
For all its practicality, a smoothie is a go-to snack for fitness enthusiasts. But do you know the ingredients that you are using in your smoothie can actually make it nothing less than a junk food. Some ingredients that you think are healthy can turn your smoothie into a calorie bomb.
In this article, we are going to dive deep into all the ingredients that have the potential to make your smoothie fat and unhealthy.
8 Ingredients That Are Fattening Your Smoothie
- Flavored Yogurt
It contains a good dose of sugar in the composition. Some yogurts, for example, have 29 grams per serving – four times more than the recommended daily allowance. The idea is to opt for the natural versions and with less flavoring substances. But if you still want flavored yogurt, it’s best to choose one with zero fat.
In green smoothies, milk inhibits the absorption of iron found in leaves such as kale and spinach. So, prefer mineral or coconut water instead. In fruit smoothies, go for almond, coconut or soy milk.
- Fruit Juice
In small doses, it provides a concentrated and delicious flavor. But when using it in place of the natural fruit, it makes your drink with 25 extra grams of carbohydrates and less fiber. The glycemic index of juice is also higher. Ideally, you should cut fruits only when preparing the beverage to make the most of the potential of vitamins and minerals.
- Coconut Oil
Has the famous oil already made its mark on your menu? Well, know that it has 126 calories in a tablespoon (15 milliliters) and approximately 12 grams of saturated fat. So, including this delicacy in the daily smoothie may, in the short term, make you gain weight.
Composed of fructose and sucrose, honey is actually rich in sugars. One tablespoon, for example, has 51 calories and almost the same amount of sugar as half-bitter chocolate. Instead of sweetening it right away, beat your smoothie with coconut water. If you still feel the need to add honey, ensure you are adding it in moderate quantity.
- Peanut Butter
Rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats, it ensures satiety and can be a good choice for a smoothie before workout and at breakfast. But do not overdo it: a teaspoon per dose of the drink is more than enough. The peanut butter is very caloric, so it’s not recommended for an afternoon snack.
- Whey Protein
Just like the peanut butter, the supplement is a good choice only on training days. Otherwise, it can become a caloric bomb and sabotage your diet. According to nutritionists, too much protein can cause a number of long-term health issues. Ask for the guidance of a nutritionist before consuming any supplement.
- Chocolate Syrup
People usually love the taste of chocolate in their smoothie. And, the easy way to get it is by using chocolate syrup. However, you should know that chocolate syrup is loaded with sugar which can make your smoothie fattening and unhealthy. Healthier alternative would be to use cocoa powder which retains its nutritional value and is not processed as chocolate syrup.