Art of the Smoothie: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The smoothie is a super-hot dietary trend right now, and we have arrived to give you the scoop on this healthful option! Smoothies are growing in popularity for gym rats, dieters, and people devoted to healthy living. Although this refreshing beverage option has taken the population by storm, there is still so much that many of us don’t know about it! Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you didn’t know about the art of the smoothie!

Number Fifteen: All Smoothies Are Not Created Equal

No; that smoothie you purchased at your local McDonald’s will not help you lose weight. In fact, it’s more likely to make you gain it. Many fast food locations and even smoothie shops will pack this commercial beverage with way more sugar than is necessary, and often don’t even use real fruit. When choosing a destination for your smoothie-related needs, it is important to do your research.

Number Fourteen: Watch Your Experimenting Combinations

When making smoothies, there is actually a certain logic to choosing ingredients. For one, you should never mix milk with citrus fruits. Maybe that one was a given, but you would be surprised how many people are trying to throw a little milk in their orange juice-based smoothie creations.

Number Thirteen: Dairy and Digestion

Dairy is hard enough on most digestive systems, even for people who aren’t lactose intolerant. If you find yourself getting way too bloated from your dairy smoothies, try substituting milk for nut-based milks, rice milk, or coconut water. In some flavor combinations, they actually taste a whole lot better. Your tummy will thank you!

Number Twelve: Dairy and Protein

Also in the line of protecting the comfort of your tummy, dairy should never be mixed with protein supplements. While dairy is already difficult for digestion, this will only exacerbate the problem. If you really want to find a creamy base for your delicious vanilla or chocolate protein powder, try one of the substitutes we mentioned above. Almond milk is a fantastic fit!

Number Eleven: Spice Up Your Smoothie

Spices are vastly underrated as additions to smoothies. Many spices will add an diverse array of health benefits to you refreshing drink, and will boost your digestive power. Spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne are great additions in the right flavor profile, and work to regulate blood sugar and increase metabolism.

Number Ten: Watch the Sugar

If the only way you can indulge in smoothies is to load it down with sugar, you may as well just be drinking a soda. To get the best health benefits of your smoothies, try to get used to adding fruit as your sole sweetener. If you really need something more, opt for honey or agave. Pomegranate juice is also a great base for those of you who like it sweet.

Number Nine: Add Some Fats

To get the most healthful benefits from your blender creation, consider adding in some beneficial fats like coconut oil, avocado, nuts, or chia seeds. Fat is responsible for regulating energy levels and producing a feeling of digestive satisfaction, so you will definitely feel the benefits of these additions. Keep it moderate, though! Too much fat of any kind will pack on the pounds. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you didn’t know about the art of the smoothie!

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