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.
- Dairy or Whey Powders. I don’t eat any dairy in my diet at all as I’m intolerant to dairy and don’t believe it does us any good. If you want to know why, it would be a good idea to read this book.
- 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: Anything that you have to buy online, or a special shop for a lot of money would not be something I would recommend on a regular basis. These so called superfoods claim all kinds of things but really they aren’t all that good for you as they are dried, and in my opinion anything that’s good for you is fresh raw fruit and vegetables. Everything else either fills us up or makes our food more exciting. A lot of these products are also stimulants and you may feel like you’ve had an initial energy boost but your body will struggle to digest it and in the long run will weaken you. Just like drugs you will need more and more of these powders and potions to function normally.
- Stay away from anything with wild claims! Anything processed, in a packet with a list of ingredients is not what your body needs to function. Examples of foods that people love to include in their smoothies are maca, and cacao. Just like anything, they are probably fine in moderation as a treat once in a while but not to be included as part of your daily diet. Sometimes I add cocoa powder to my smoothies and I can tolerate this occasionally but it’s not good for you to have caffeine every day as you become dependent on it and it has too many nasty side effects if consumed in large quantities.