When asking the question, “How can I tell if my frozen smoothie is healthy?”, you should first consider what your health goals are.
This is influenced by many factors such as, your current health status, what your ideal lifestyle is and what level of fitness you’re working to achieve.
Perhaps your goal is to lose weight, or improve your fitness for netball, maybe you want to gain a bit of muscle for the coming season or for hitting the beach.
Perhaps it’s none of these. It becomes clear that what you think of as healthy isn’t identical to the person sitting next to you in the office.
So, while this article can’t say what is healthy for everyone, we will delve into some general things to look out for when assessing the health of your frozen smoothie.
What’s in your smoothie?
The first and most important way to determine if your smoothie is healthy for you is looking in the ingredients section or the ingredients you use if making the smoothie yourself.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
- What’s in your smoothie?
- Do you see things that are healthy for you?
- Any not so healthy ingredients?
- Anything ingredients you’re unfamiliar with?
Have a browse through our some of our smoothie articles, you may find we’ve done the research for you with some of these ingredients already, you know, because we’re lovely people and all and we like to help.
Ideally, your smoothie is made up of whole food ingredients and you just need to try to skip the added sugar and preservatives.
When looking at individual ingredients, try looking beyond the protein, carbs, fat and fibre.
Ask yourself, what else can this food do?
Is it also a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like our friend silverbeet (I assume everybody has friends that are plants)?
How much is in your smoothie?
When looking at the ingredients list, it also pays to consider the order of the ingredients as well.
Ingredients are listed in order of their weight, so the first ingredient has the highest amount present in the formula.
The best-case scenario is that you find a product which shows the exact percentages of ingredients (cough cough – see our Super Cubes ingredient labels).
Who doesn’t love transparency?
Now you can see exactly what you’re spending your money on, because nobody likes paying for 0.00001% of an ingredient.
Fibre, fibre and more fibre!
The nutrition panel is your friend here (so many new friends today!), just like fibre is and should be.
We thought we would delve a little more into one of the more important ingredients (from above) you should be looking for in your smoothie.
Yes, I know, we’ve all heard about the benefits of adequate fibre, so here is just a quick recap on how fibre may help.
- Increasing satiety and assisting with weight loss
- More regular bowel movements
- Stabilising blood sugar
- Lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart disease
- Reducing the risk of many other diseases
So as you can see from the above, fibre is not only an important part of a smoothie for texture, it also has many forgotten or unknown potential health benefits too.
When increasing your fibre intake, slow and steady wins the race.
If you’re looking at increasing your fibre intake, every week you should slowly increase your daily fibre by a maximum of 5 grams until you reach your goal level (#fibregoals).
Because too much fibre too quickly can lead to bloating, cramping and even constipation.
And finally, make sure you increase your fluids if you’re looking at increasing your fibre too.
What are YOU adding to your smoothie?
Now we’ll cover the area of what are you adding to your smoothie, because what you add to your frozen smoothie can be just as important as the smoothie itself.
For a start, are you adding your smoothie to a milk base or another type of liquid?
If you are, you can read our article on plant milks to determine which is best for you and become aware of any nasties to look out for.
Also there are a plethora of other ingredients you can add into your smoothie or pile on top of it.
While you are doing this, you have to consider too, are these ingredients in alignment with your goals.
Sure, adding in eight tables spoons of Nutella looks good on paper (and would more than likely taste amazing), but is it going to help you reach your shred goals?
So why not supercharge your smoothie with some cinnamon for taste and blood sugar regulation or hemp seeds for a creamier texture as well as adding in some extra protein and essential fatty acids?
A much better option thanks.
Or you could just start with a base of your preferred liquid with 2-3 of your favourite Super Cubes and then add your extra ingredients on top of that.
Easy to make and even easier to eat.
The secret ingredient to make any food healthier
Last, but certainly not least, here’s one of the easiest ways to make your smoothie and any food for that matter, even healthier for you.
It’s quite simple, be present with your meals.
Whether it is a full complete meal or a meal in a glass like a frozen smoothie would be for you, you should sit down and make the time to really taste and enjoy your food.
Your digestion is significantly poorer if you’re eating while stressed out or trying to rush through a meal faster than an Akubra comes off in a cyclone.
Your body needs to be in a relaxed state (a parasympathetic nervous system state - for all my nerds out there) to properly digest your food.
This is something most of us already know, but in today’s fast-paced world, it helps to hear this message often.
So, this is permission from us.
Take an extra 5 or 10 minutes to really taste and enjoy your delicious frozen smoothie today.
Saviour every mouthful, your guts and tastebuds will thank you for it!
Still here? What you should do now?
Here’s a simple final checklist for yourself that’ll help you make the right decisions to make your smoothie healthy.
- Ask yourself, what are my health goals?
- What foods will help me achieve them?
- Does my frozen smoothie have these foods?
- What can I add to my smoothie make it even healthier?
- Sit down, relax and enjoy your food
We hope this covers how can I tell if my frozen smoothie is healthy for you and also gives you more ideas to explore around this subject too.
And we also hope that we have sowed the seed in regards to how easy and convenient our Super Cubes are to add to your frozen smoothies.
As well as being a very healthy option too!