Recently I wrote about the “corona 15,” the term being used to describe the pounds some folks are putting on during the pandemic.
If your diet has gone off the rails in the last month or so there’s no need to beat yourself up over it.
Tomorrow is a new day and you can get back on track.
One of the easiest ways to do that is to start your day with a nutrient-packed smoothie.
If you’ve been with me a while, you know that I enjoy a smoothie for breakfast pretty much every morning.
This pandemic has been no different.
I have had to mix up the ingredients some weeks, as the stores don’t always have my favorite fruits and veggies.
But, to be quite honest, that’s been a little fun.
Sometimes I’ll go with a berry blend.
Or, something a little tropical, like mango or pineapple.
And some mornings I opt for the tried-and-true strawberry banana.
A smoothie, when done right, will fill you up and keep you satisfied, so you’re less likely to binge on unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Notice I said, when done right.
Not all smoothies are equal.
Especially when it comes to store-made smoothies.
A strawberry banana smoothie from the Golden Arches is packed with purées, juice concentrates, artificial flavors, and added sugar.
There’s no real, whole fruit in there.
Skip that stuff.
Those “smoothies” are just milkshakes dressed up to appear healthy.
When it comes to real smoothies, homemade is best.
To create your own, especially if you’re drinking it to help take off a few pounds, your smoothie should have at least 3 key ingredients.
First, you want to make sure you’re using real fruit and veggies.
Not purées or extracts.
Using whole fruits and vegetables provides vital vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs to thrive.
And, most fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants that help fight radical damage.
Now, if you’re using frozen foods, be sure you’re getting the varieties that only list the fruits and veggies in the ingredients.
You don’t want any sauces in there that can add calories and fat and really mess up the flavor.
The second ingredient you want to include is some healthy protein.
Adding protein to your smoothie will help fill you up, so you’re less likely to overeat during the day.
Protein will also help you build lean muscle and help rev up your energy.
And finally, you need a healthy liquid to blend it all together.
I prefer unsweetened almond milk, but you can use the liquid of your preference.
Try to avoid using orange juice or other juices, though, which often have added sugar.
Now, beyond the key 3, you can give your smoothie nutrition punch with the addition of a greens powder, like Patriot Power Greens™.
A quality greens powder will be loaded with unique fruits and veggies, and include probiotics to aid digestion.
You can also incorporate a healthy fat into your smoothie, like avocado or nut butter.
These fats can slow digestion to help you feel fuller longer.
A homemade smoothie each day is a great way to support your health and your waistline.
With smoothies, the flavor possibilities are endless.
Play around with ingredients and have fun with it.
I know you’ll find a combination you love.
Stay safe out there.