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. :)
Way to go on the healthy living changes!
Is your smoothie still cold once it's blended? If so, I doubt the heat of the blender is affecting the vitamins in any way. If your smoothie ends up warm or hot (??? never seen this happen) then I suppose it could 'kill' the vitamins some...
I don't know about the fiber thing, though my gut says it would be fine, assuming you're pureeing it to a pulp not a thin juice.
Sugar... yeah that was my first thought when you mentioned the ingredients. I don't think the amount of sugar is an issue in & of itself, but I do think you could benefit from balancing out the sugar a bit with something high in protein with maybe a bit of fat, particularly if this is replacing a meal. We usually do nuts, seeds, nut butters, sometimes a little coconut milk... I've even added a few black beans to smoothies. It may help keep your blood sugar and energy levels more stable.
We have a green smoothie almost every night together, and I think it's a great way for LO (who won't eat green veggies otherwise) to get minerals, vitamins and calcium. I definitely don't feed bad about eating fruit sugar- There are SO many things worse for you out there, why worry over every little thing, especially all natural sugar balanced with fiber, vitamins, etc? Since you're using this is a meal replacement, I agree with crunchy_momma on adding the protein/fat as well- maybe tofu, yogurt, almond butter, avocado, etc