The corporate life can really suck all the time out of an employee’s day. The hectic office timings, the increasing workload and a jam-packed mind with too many things going on can lead one to force him/herself to skip meals. This applies not only to the corporate workers, but also to professionals whose work is highly demanding and punctual, and does not allow for well-defined breaks. Well, fear not, smoothies to the rescue!
Healthy eating has, as of late, taken a liquid form, and no one is complaining. Quick to consume and to offer the same nutritional value as a traditional meal, meal replacement smoothies and health shakes have become increasingly popular among fitness freaks and the super busy folk who just cannot find the time to take a full nutritious meal at an appropriate time. Easy to make, and incredibly filling, these superb lifesavers are the go-to alternatives when it comes to having a quick lunch without compromising on the nutritional value.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you blitz up your favourite fruit and veggies to make a smoothie.
- Portion control is a must. This can be easily ignored as one doesn’t have much of an idea about the amount of the final smoothie especially if one hasn’t been doing this for a while.
- Do not forget to use a little bit of fat, something like coconut oil or butter.
- Do add a bit of protein, with items such as peanut butter, yoghurt and seeds being rich sources.
- Use more veggies than fruits, and add ice cubes after you’ve blended all the other ingredients to thicken the smoothie.
- You could also enter your ingredients into various fitness tracking apps and keep check of your proteins, carbs and sugars.
The question remains, do smoothies and shakes like these really work as meal substitutes? Are they nutritious enough to not forego the benefits of consuming normal meals? The answer, to a large extent, is yes. The smaller extent of the ‘yes” spectrum totally depends on the ingredients and portion control exercised by the consumer. Nevertheless, adding healthy sources of protein and fat to your shake is the way to go. Now, one thing to be aware of is that instead of eating, drinking might make you feel full for a lesser time, so always keep that into consideration when you choose ingredients for your smoothie. Also, be sure to try out a smoothie without sugar first. It may be so that the fruits are sweet enough and no extra sugar is needed.
All that’s required now is a blender, and you can get to making your own wonderful smoothie, full of taste and nutrition!