Not all smoothies are created equal. In order to optimize your smoothie, it is important to consider what goes in your smoothie at different times of the day. To help get you started, we've outlined some popular times of the day for a smoothie and what to consider before you blend it up.
Smoothies for Breakfast
For the morning, we typically want to choose a smoothie that is packed with antioxidants and protein to ensure you start the day off on the right foot. When having a smoothie for breakfast, be sure it includes a lean protein such as Greek yogurt, tofu, or nut butter. Maybe add in some oats for fibre and some avocado, coconut oil, or ground flax seed for a few healthy fats. Making sure your smoothie is complete will ensure you are ready to face the day and help keep you satisfied until lunch.
Smoothies for an Afternoon Snack
To curb those mid-afternoon cravings, a smoothie in the afternoon should be both light and refreshing, while still benefiting you nutritionally. The purpose of this smoothie is to satisfy those craving without weighing you down for the remainder of the day.
When having a smoothie in the afternoon, look to include low glycemic index foods such as rolled-oats or non-starchy vegetables as their glucose is absorbed slowly by your body and help lower your blood sugar levels. This will help regulate your appetite and leave you feeling full longer. Additionally, try adding a few pieces of dark chocolate to your smoothie as they contain small amounts of theobromine and caffeine, which provide an energy boost without the crash.
Whether you just finished a spin class or a hot yoga session, it is important to understand that there is more to a post-workout recovery than just a quick protein shake. Your body needs to replace lost nutrients, proteins and electrolytes after a workout, and a smoothie can be a great place to start that process.
When having a smoothie after your work out, consider adding plant-based protein powder from Vega Sport or some more slow-burning carbs. Non-starchy fruits and vegetables such as bananas, mangos, and carrots would make a good addition any post-workout smoothie as they replenish the body with essential amino acids and regulate blood sugar levels.
A smoothie can be enjoyed at any point of the day. The next time you're ready to blend, consider some of these tips to help fuel your body and optimize your smoothie experience.