I've been trying to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in my diet, and I've recently started running/biking in the early morning before the kids get up. When I get back, I drink water and have been throwing fruit/veg into my blender with some ice cubes --- usually apples, bananas, strawberries, and a small handful of spinach. It seemed like a nice way to get some produce in for breakfast.
The volume is sufficient that it fills me up until lunchtime, but here is what I'm wondering:
- Blender is on puree/ice crush to crush the ice: I keep reading about the heat involved in high-revolution machines when I peruse the juicing websites. Is the blender killing my vitamins??
- Is the fiber destroyed so much that there is no real "fiber benefit" for my body?
- Sugar. Lots of sugar involved here, albeit natural fruit sugars (I'm not adding juice/yogurt, etc., to the drink; it's just what I listed above). Problematic? or not a problem, as long as I'm not sugaring it up the rest of the day?
I feel good - I've lost a few pounds this week - but as I'm trying to bring my diet back around to mostly plant-based (I do eat meat, though, just not a lot) - is this a good way to do it??
Thank you in advance for any advice. :)