Smoothies are delicious! I have a few favorites that include my Sinfully Delicious Breakfast Smoothie, Healthy Peaches & Greens Summer Smoothie, and the Lunch Time Happy Hour Piña Colada Smoothie. Despite being quite tasty there are both pros and cons to drinking smoothies that you should be aware of.
Pros Of Drinking Smoothies
- Let’s start with the obvious pro, smoothies are delicious!
- Smoothies are a quick and easy way to reach your recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake. If you do not eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, smoothies are a fun and tasty way to help you incorporate all the wonderful nutrients fruits and vegetables have to offer into your diet. There are hundreds of smoothie recipes online, helping even the pickiest of eaters to find a healthy treat they will enjoy.
- Liquids, fiber, and regularity. Between being a liquid and having plenty of fiber, smoothies can contribute to increased regularity in your life.
- They are also very nice way to give your digestive system a little break. Some people will use smoothies or juices for a 1-3 day fast in order to take it easy on their digestive tract and let it calm down.
Cons Of Drinking Smoothies
Are there cons of drinking a smoothie? Can go overboard drinking smoothies? Yes and here is why:
- You can use smoothies as a meal or as a snack, but be aware of how many calories are in your drink. Drink calories go down fast. That Lunch Time Happy Hour Piña Colada Smoothie I mentioned earlier, it has 517.5 calories! It is designed to be more of a meal than an afternoon snack.
- Not everyone feels satiated after having a drink for a meal. This can result in overeating and extra unneeded calories in your diet.
- Depending on what is in your smoothie, you could end up with a lot of sugar hitting your system all at once. This can be an issue for diabetics. If you find yourself feeling off after drinking a smoothie, review the ingredients and see what you can adjust to make it enjoyable and nutritious without all the sugar.
- Always read the ingredients before drinking a smoothie. When you make a smoothie at home, you know what goes into your beverage, but when you buy a smoothie at your favorite smoothie or juice bar, there could be ingredients like nut butters that folks with nut allergies would have problems with. Places that make fresh smoothies are typically happy to leave out any ingredients that do not agree with you or you do not like, just ask.
All that being said, what is your favorite smoothie? Have you come across any pros or cons that I’ve missed? Leave a comment below!