Avoid these smoothie ingredients if you want to lose weight.
The key to weight loss is creating a calorie deficit. Unlike you bank account, having less calories in your diet is a good thing. As you head toward a bath to better healthy, making good decisions is key to success. One means to that end of losing weight is adding fruit and vegetable smoothies in place of meals. There is no doubt there will be a few smoothies added to your daily routine can maximize nutrition while minimizing calories.
Smoothies are a great option for a replacement for a breakfast, lunch, or snack. Smoothies are are easy to make and if you chose your ingredients wisely, they can be nutritious and filling. The problem is that a smoothie can also end in being a very unhealthy option if you fail to chose ingredients wisely. The following are a few weight-loss friendly suggestions:
Smoothie ingredients to avoid or reduce where losing weight:
- Sugar or its equivalents: Sugar, honey, corn syrup, and agave are all sources of empty calories, Each tsp has has 16-30 calories, Empty calories may taste good but they are not going to add to the nutritional value of the foods you eat, but they will add to your waistline. I recommend you limit their use.
- Chocolate chips: Chocolate chips are full of sugar. Each tablespoon has 70 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates, I recommend that you use cocoa powder instead.
- Coconut oil: I am not buying the ketogenic smoothie kick or the bullet proof coffee. Adding fat to you coffee or smoothie is just as bad as adding sugar. It is another form of empty calories. No, just no.
- Flavored yogurts: The worse yogurts are the American fruit flavored. You almost be better off having a scoop of ice cream. A full fat fruit sweetened version can have as many as 250 calories and 50 grams of carbohydrates. That is 12-15 tsp of table sugar. I recommend a plain Greek version.
- Nut butters: A little nut butter can go a long way and it is very filling but your need to watch the amount your use. Don’t get me wrong. I love peanut butter and like just about all of the nut butters. A single tablespoon of peanut butter has 100 calories and around 9 grams of protein. It is so dense in calories, I recommend you only chose the unsweetened version and always measure the amount.
The bottom line: Smoothies can be a great meal on the go. If chose the right ingredients, you will lose weight and feel full. For more on the good ingredients to add, 16 Smoothie ingredients that high is fiber.