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Today's 1% Change: Be Careful With the Smoothies

July 7, 2017

Smoothies can be great and I make them quite often. But I’m also very active and need to eat a lot. When you need to eat a lot, they’re a great way to get a bunch of food in a short time. And that’s exactly why you need to be careful with them.


My morning smoothies are typically about a half cup of full fat coconut milk, half a banana, 3 or 4 large frozen strawberries, about a half cup of blueberries and a scoop of grass fed beef protein powder. And it goes down very easily. If you were to sit down and eat all of those things separately (not that I’d eat the protein powder separately) your brain has time to notice that you’re eating and you’re more likely to feel full. So if you’re trying to lose weight, I wouldn’t recommend having smoothies on a regular basis.


A couple of other things to note:


Those smoothies from Starbucks or Costco or juice stores like Jamba Juice? SUGAR BOMBS!! Just say no.


I also wouldn’t recommend green smoothies. A few years ago I was having a green smoothie every day. They had beet greens, or chard or spinach, some orange and apple and carrot. The one and only kidney stone that I’ve ever had was a few months after I started having those green smoothies. Those greens are high in oxalates and the kidney stone was calcium oxalate. I have no way of knowing for sure if the smoothies caused the stone but I’ve not had a green smoothie (or kidney stone) since.


Just be careful with the smoothies and enjoy them as an occasional treat.