6 foods to avoid adding to your smoothies
There are some foods to avoid using in your smoothies on a regular basis and I’ll tell you exactly why. Making smoothies is becoming so popular with so many people and every ingredient under the sun is being added into a smoothie. I am as guilty as the next person of this as I love a tasty smoothie that’s going to fill me up which is why I add carbs such as oats and other tasty foods such as nuts, seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon juice etc.
However, some foods are healthier than others and I believe you can get all the nutrition you need from fruit, veg, nuts and seeds. I think the cleaner your diet the better it is for you, and the more processed foods you add into your diet, the harder you body has to work to ‘process’ them. Of course we all like a treat now and then but there are some foods that I wouldn’t advise you to eat on a regular basis.
So here are the 6 foods to avoid adding to your smoothies regularly:
- Protein powders. I actually think it’s harmful to consume too much protein. We are obsessed about getting more and more and protein powders are processed and I don’t believe they are very good for us. If you want to know why, read this article I wrote on the subject. Also protein powders are notoriously bad for your health because they have been stripped of their nutrients and the body doesn’t recognise most of them as a food source anymore which puts a lot of stress on the body. Why not just add whole foods such as nuts, seeds, eggs or raw dairy to your smoothies and get your protein that way?
- Dairy or Whey Powders. Pasteurised dairy is extremely harmful for our health so I don’t recommend adding dairy to your diet unless you can find raw dairy.
- Extra Oils: It’s not good for you to consume excess fat in your diet especially when you won’t even notice it. It would be better to save your good fats for meals where you’ll appreciate them more. If you want to know why we should be keeping our fats (even good ones) in check, you’ll understand after reading this book. If you are going to consume fats it’s better to eat them in whole foods such as whole coconut, avocado, olives, seeds and nuts. A bit of oil on a salad dressing is fine but there’s no need to add them to your smoothies.
- Dried greens: OK I’m not opposed to eating dried greens. If the only way you can get your leafy greens is by adding powders into your smoothie, such as when travelling or if you’ve run out, then by all means use some green powder in your smoothie. But bear in mind this has been dehydrated and stored for a long time. It’s not alive any more and it won’t be anywhere near as beneficial for your health as fresh raw leafy greens. So if you can get hold of fresh or frozen greens, choose this option every time. However green powders can be very beneficial in conjunction with fresh greens as they contain extra vitamins and minerals, so you make sure you are meeting all your nutritional requirements with one supplement. Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens are a great green powder that I would recommend. Just make sure you are getting your fresh raw greens AS WELL AS your dried greens, not instead of them.
- Store bought fruit juices: These have been pasteurised so there is no goodness left in them. They often add a synthetic vitamin C back into fruit juices. As there is no fibre and no nutrients in these juices, they will have more of a detrimental effect on your blood sugar levels and won’t actually do you any good. If you want to include juices in your smoothie, it’s far better to make your own if you can. I only ever add citrus juice to my smoothies as it’s easy to make without a juicer. If I’m juicing lots I use one of these cheap electric devices, and if I only have a little bit to juice, these citrus presses make life so easy. I have this lemon one but also use it for limes and oranges. It’s one of my favourite kitchen gadgets and I used it every day.
- Dried Superfoods: From time to time I do add superfood powers to my diet when I really need a boost – but most of the time I do not add them to my smoothies because most of them taste disgusting! So what I do is get a small glass, add my superfood powers to it and a small amount of water and mix and drink. I don’t want to ruin the taste of my gorgeous green smoothies by adding anything that doesn’t taste nice to them! I love to use Maca or Ashwaganda powder when I’m really stressed and run down.
Stay away from anything processed with nasty ingredients. It pays to do your research on products and companies before you blindly start eating it every single day. Anything processed, in a packet with a list of ingredients is not what your body needs to function unless the ingredients come from whole food organic sources and are known to heal the body rather than harm.