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7 7/2/13 2:29 P
I trried Making smoothies, used fruit, veggies, protien powders. Used a 10 oz glass. Tried recipes from different sites including Dr. Oz. After about a month I Gained 10 lbs! Now back to p&J sandwich and breakfast cereal. The weight did come off.
I will bet most of that protein comes from the Greek yogurt. You have several nutritional super stars there like spinach, strawberries and blueberries. Apples and bananas are fairly healthy too. 13 grams of protein is actually pretty good. Yes, that is a very healthy drink indeed.
That said, you describe yourself as choking down on it. With that being the case, I don't care how healthy it is, if you hate it, you shouldn't force yourself to eat it.
I don't think smoothies are healthy at all. They spike your blood sugar because they are so easily digestible. Then Insulin is released to drop your blood sugar, and you feel hungry again. You ground up all the fiber, so you burn through it quickly. Much better to have some lean protein, and raw fruits/vegetables. They will keep you fuller, as they are slowly digested, and there will be no blood sugar spike, or crash.
The sole reason for smoothies is convenience, as DRAGONCHILDE said. They are quick and easy. You could work at finding a tastier smoothie, but I find that convenience is usually a bad thing. We cut corners to save time. What we are really saying is.. I am too busy to take the time to eat better. There is so much tasty food available, that you should not be choking anything down. On a weight loss plan, we are already eating less food. Enjoy what you do get to eat. Cooking is fun, and you can make many variations of the dishes you love.
Plan extra time to make healthy meals, and eventually you will get quicker at making the meals, and as your health improves, you will have more energy, and find extra time in your day. Most of us are surprised when 3 months into the healthy changes, we find we have time to cook our meals, get in a 30 minute workout, and still have extra time after the chores. When we are unhealthy and lethargic, we tend to waste time. Instead of sitting in our La-Z-Boy " unwinding ", take a 30 minute walk. It works better, and your cardio is done. Most of of have the time to eat better, but it is too hard to commit to the plan at the start. Smoothies are just another way to take it easy, and feel like you are being healthier.
Sit down, plan you day, including meals, and get started. Eat tasty, enjoyable meals, and you will be amazed in 3-4 weeks.
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Smoothies are a great way to get tasty nutrition easily, if you are in a hurry, or otherwise just enjoy them. But in and of themselves they provide no special benefit that eating regular whole foods doesn't.
Thanks for all the replies...sounds like smoothies are highly over rated, Im gonna quit drinking them! :-D
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7/1/13 1:30 P
I tried to like them because they sounded good. I thought it was just me as to why they tasted so 'meh' or horrible even. But after many attempts I realized that I just don't like them.
I'd much rather have a Greek yogurt parfait or layered overnight oatmeal (with Greek yogurt) with fruit and actually chew my food and taste the food separately and the different textures. Or eat veg my favourite way; steamed or in a salad.
Foods don't burn fat. So don't feel obligated to drink it if you don't like it. I think eating whole foods are far healthier than blending them. It strips away the fiber. I was always super hungry again shortly after a smoothie. I honestly don't *get* this whole juicing/smoothie fad. The only way it's healthier than whole foods is if you wouldn't get your veggies/fruit otherwise. If you like 'em, great! But eating the whole veg/fruit is always a better option.
On the other end of the spectrum, i love my smoothies. I make one each day. Much easier to get my fruits and veggies in. They actually do fill me up for hours. I have a vitamix so cleaning the blender is easy peasy. Add water and run it on high for a few minutes.
Smoothies aren't really my thing, either. I never feel as full as when I chew those things, they tend to get a weird consistency after they warm up a bit if I don't chug it, and I HAAAAAATE cleaning the blender - hate it. Plus there's not really anything "fat burning" about it - it may be healthier than eating a sausage mcmuffin, but it's not a magic cure or anything.
Eat stuff that you enjoy. There's not enough room in our calorie ranges to "choke down" anything!
7/1/13 11:32 A
Understandable! It seems like there is a lot of "smoothies are the be all, end all of healthiness" talk out there. And sure, I like a smoothie every now and then, when I am in a rush or just not all that hungry in the morning yet. However, more times than not, I want to EAT and chew and look down at a big plate of goodness, lol!! And really, you miss out on a lot of fiber when you puree down the fruit. I'm sure it was healthy as far as vitamins and nutrients are concerned, so keep smoothies in mind for a tasty snack, with a sugar boost!
Yea, your right...I am thinking tomorrow will be almonds, eggs and fruit...sounds much better! I was just really thinking this shake would be mega healthy...
7/1/13 11:16 A
Well, there is ZERO reason to eat something you have to choke down! Just think about how much more satisfying it would have been to CHEW those yummy fruits and yogurt. The best way to eat healthy, is by eating healthy things you enjoy. That's the only way you'll keep at it, right! Just make a switch to a protein rich food that you enjoy and save the fruit for a morning snack.
Ok so I was so proud of myself today for choking downthis fat burning smoothie today. I made it with greek yogurt 2handfuls of spinach, strawberries, blueberries, banana and apple. Once I logged it all....I realized it only had 13 g of protien! Not nearly as healthy as I thought :-\
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