You’ve definitely read the hype: green smoothies will do everything from aid weight loss to reduce the appearance of aging. While everyone would like to reduce the appearance of fine lines, is blending a handful of kale with an apple and some cucumber the best way to do it? What are the pros and cons of green smoothies? While some would have you believe that a glass of green juice is the best way to reach your fitness goals, others are a lot more critical.
Watch your sugar intake
Most people don’t worry about the amount of sugar in fruit. It’s naturally occurring. There's no refined or processed sugar in a ripe banana, which makes it many healthy people’s go to treat. Finally, a source of sugar that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying, right?
Critics of the green smoothie movement are quick to point out that sugar means calories, which in turn lead to a spike in your blood sugar. As long as you don’t have any metabolic disorders this shouldn’t be anything to worry about, but a blood sugar crash in the mid-afternoon could leave you craving more sugar. Sure, you got a healthy start to your day, but if a chocolate chip muffin and a fruit-heavy smoothie both leave you starving and snacking at 11 o’clock, is it really helping?
Look at your nutrition goals
Nutrition and fitness are very closely linked. If you find your fitness goals plateauing, it could be that you need to put more effort into perfecting your meal plan. Break down where you want your energy during the day and plan your intake around it.
If you don’t like eating vegetables, a green smoothie is definitely an easy way to boost your greens intake. Some people love kale, spinach, and good, bitter dandelion greens. These leafy vegetables are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. While they’re very good for you, they also have a bitter flavor that some people can’t stand. In a perfect world we’d all learn to love veggies, but in the world we actually live in some people need a hand. The sweetness of a ripe banana and the freshness of some herbs, apples, or cucumber can mask some of the bitterness of these healthful greens. It’s definitely better to enjoy sipping on a green smoothie than to skip the nutrition these plants offer.
If you’re deep into weight lifting, you may be struggling to get enough protein. Green smoothies won’t really help you in the area that you’re struggling nutritionally. If you already eat these veggies and snack on fruit, there’s nothing that you’re going to get from a green smoothie that you’re not already getting. A green smoothie could be a pleasant treat, but not life changing.
There are many fruits and vegetables that are exceptional for you. They have large amounts of nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, etc. Inevitably, however, the hype around “superfoods” inevitably dies down. Everyone wants an easy answer. Eat one food and you’ll be healthy! All your problems will be gone! You’ll lose weight without effort, and look like you’re twenty years old again! It doesn’t pan out. Green smoothies are an excellent way to prepare greens; unfortunately, they get blown out of proportion. If you struggle to eat mindfully, a green smoothie is a great, easy way to get tons of veggies. You’re still going to have to put in the effort, however.
A green smoothie is just like the SomaSole system. It’s a really great idea that can help a lot of people, but you have to put the work in. You can’t drink and smoothie and expect to see results. You can’t try SomaSole once either. Daily commitment yields fabulous results.