You're sitting there pondering life, when all of a sudden you get hit with an urge to blend.
Then, without even thinking, you find yourself in the kitchen creating your next smoothie masterpiece.
So, have you ever craved a smoothie and wondered why?
Well there are several reasons that your smoothie cravings might pop up.
So, now let’s take a look at some of those reasons, and what you can do about them (spoiler alert: drink the smoothie already!)
Your body wants easily digested nutrition
One of the reasons that smoothies are so easy to consume is because the ingredients are blended.
Blending is a short-cut when it comes to digestion, because you don’t have to chew your food or use as many enzymes to break it down.
Sometimes your body just wants to give itself a bit of a break or change your eating habits a little.
Maybe you’re stressed and not producing many digestive enzymes, so a smoothie is a way to get in nutrition when you’re not hungry.
Or maybe you’ve just gotten over a tummy bug, and want to build yourself back up.
Either way, drink up!
Smoothies are a great option for easily digestible nutrition.
You need the nutrients found in a specific ingredient
If you’re noticing you’ve been craving a specific type of smoothie, and not just any smoothie.
It might be a nutritional craving.
One common flavour you might generally crave is chocolate.
Chocolate is a common craving, especially for women around a certain time of month.
A chocolate craving can be because you’re low in iron or magnesium, which are both found in cocoa products.
If it’s fruit you’re craving, you might be in need of some extra vitamin C or antioxidants.
If you’re loving your nut-based smoothies, you might be low in minerals or essential fatty acids.
General sweet cravings can be a sign that your body wants some carbohydrates or sugars to fuel it.
In this case, a smoothie is a great option, because it contains wholefood-based sources of carbohydrates that keep you fuelled for longer.
It’s not always the case – some cravings can be psychological, and others can be due to an imbalance in gut bacteria.
But either way, a smoothie will give you a nutritional boost and help to ward off those cravings at the same time!
You want something cool and refreshing
If it’s a warmer day, there’s a good chance this is at least part of the reason that you’re hankering for a big glass of smoothie goodness!
Hot days are the perfect time to embrace a frozen smoothie, or even whip up a frozen smoothie bowl for your breakfast or lunch.
These above might also be a good option for after a sweaty workout.
Simply add a few ice cubes or add in some Smoothie Cubes to drop the temperature of your favourite smoothie down to super-refreshing!
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You’re so dehydrated
Most of us don’t drink enough water.
So there’s a decent chance that if you’re craving a smoothie, dehydration is one factor.
In fact, by the time you feel thirsty, you could already have lost 1-2% of your body’s water content.
The good news is that a smoothie is a hydrating drink as well as a vehicle for your wholefoods.
So go and make yourself make yourself a big smoothie right now if your parched.
You can even add an extra cup of water or your base of choice to help boost your hydration levels back up.
Because smoothies are delicious (duh)
Let’s face it – smoothies are just good.
You can whip up a smoothie to satisfy pretty much any craving, which makes them the perfect snack food to crave!
You might just be feeling like a smoothie because you know that smoothies are both nutritious and delicious.
They can help you achieve satiety any time throughout your day, whether it's a healthy breakfast to start your day or using your smoothies as a healthy snack.
So here’s your permission slip to feel good about healthy eating – go get blending!
So many options for different smoothies
Craving smoothies isn't that bad, and there are certainly worse habits you could have to satisfy your cravings.
If you take into account the reasons why you're craving smoothies and then multiply them by the potential benefits of smoothies, you aren't going to come out of it too bad.
There are so many different types of smoothies you could crave and also create to get your fix.
Another key component to cravings is getting on top those cravings fast, so this means you're usually looking for convenience.
Three cubes or a couple of tablespoons mixed in with your favourite liquid is a great smoothie base to build on.
Then its all up to you in regards to the other ingredients you want to add after that!