Common Smoothie Mistakes That Cause Weight Gain

Smoothies are awesome, and if you make them right they can give you lots of nutrients, boost energy levels and help melt excess fat.

Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the amazing benefits of smoothies. Most beginners make mistakes that undo the health benefits of smoothies and even end up gaining weight.

Here are common mistakes you should avoid when making smoothies.

1. Adding too much fruit

You’re better off drinking a creamy smoothie made from fruits than eating a cake. But realize that fruits are high in calories. A glass of a fruit-smoothie can add up to over 500 calories.

Additionally, fruits have high sugar content, which means they’ll spike blood sugar levels and trigger cravings. Adding proteins like beans, yogurt or nuts to your fruit smoothie will make it healthier.

Related: 10 of the Healthiest Ingredients to Add to Your Smoothie

2. Your smoothie lacks fiber

Fiber is one of the reasons I advocate for plant-based diets. It keeps hunger at bay, improves digestion and ultimately aids weight loss.

Your smoothie should have foods with high fiber content. For instance, a smoothie which has avocado and kale is better than one made of bananas and spinach. This list can guide you to pick high-fiber foods.

3. Adding a lot of sweeteners

Some folks think it’s okay to add as much honey as they want since honey is natural. But a tablespoon of honey contains over 60 calories.

Instead of using sweeteners, add a sweet fruit to your smoothie. Avoid using flavored yogurt since it has a lot of added sugar and opt for full-fat Greek yogurt instead.

4. Not including protein

Research shows that protein helps burn fat and reduce total daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, most green smoothies are only loaded with carbs and fats. Add high protein foods to your smoothie. Some perfect proteins for smoothies include plain Greek yogurt, beans, cottage cheese and nuts.

Related: 5 Ways to Get Protein That Aren’t Protein Powder

5. Using the same greens over and over

Not only is using the same greens boring, it prevents you from getting a variety of nutrients. Use different greens every week to get all the nutrients you need.

6. Adding excess protein powder

I’m not a fan of protein powder and I don’t advise my clients to use it. Most protein powders are loaded with artificial sweeteners, GMOs and other unhealthy ingredients.

If you have to use protein powder, add small amounts. But my advice is, avoid it altogether.

Do you know other smoothie mistakes?

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