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Smoothies have a funny reputation. Some people assume that all smoothies are healthy, while others are wary of smoothies due to this unrealistic reputation.
I was recently asked if it would be a healthy choice to consume salads in smoothie form. This person told me she ate a salad every day for lunch and was wondering whether it would be okay to blend those salad ingredients up into a smoothie instead.
It’s a perfectly fine choice to consume salad ingredients as a smoothie. Smoothies make a convenient meal that you can easily eat on
the go. It’s also a great way to eat some healthy foods that you might not normally eat, such as spinach.
It is important, however, to be aware of the potential downsides of going with a smoothie on a regular basis. Smoothies are:
- generally sweeter than salads. Watch out that you’re not sweetening it to match your smoothie preferences.
- faster to consume than salads. This can lead to overconsumption, as your stomach takes some time to let you know that you are full
- often a source of calcium. This may sound like a good thing, but if milk or a milk alternative is used, the calcium can lower the amount of iron your body absorbs from the ‘green’ ingredients
- low in fat. Again, this may seem like a good thing if you’re used to thinking of fat as a bad thing, but fat is actually needed to absorb the vitamins a and k found in spinach. The dressing in salad provides this fat, and is one significant benefit of consuming your greens as a salad.
Considering the pros and cons, perhaps it’s best to take a varied approach, eating a salad some days and a smoothie on others. Variety
is usually a safe bet when it comes to nutrition, as it’s the key to a well-balanced diet!
Here are some ways to add more protein to your smoothies.
And 7 ways to get MORE out of your smoothies!
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