Smoothies: A Nutrient-Dense Meal Replacement
The smoothie movement is here and there’s certainly no signs of a slow down as people and companies like Blendtopia begin to reshape and redefine this evolving category. Smoothies were long looked upon as high-calorie, nutrition-lacking frozen drinks (or dessert in some cases) thanks to fast food chains and old school smoothie retailers.
But oh how things have changed. Smoothies can indeed be a meal replacement delivering all the essential nutrition your body needs. Kicking your day off with a nutritious smoothie can have a variety of amazing benefits, from more energy to staying full till lunchtime!
A healthy outside starts from the inside.ROBER URICH
But have you ever wondered why smoothies have gained popularity over the past few years? Or even what other people are adding to their smoothies that could make yours better? It’s time to level up!
Here are some things we can learn from the smoothie-loving community across the U.S. that might just benefit your breakfast blends or have you popping online to order a smoothie delivery box.
According to a recent survey, more than 1 in 4 Americans typically consume smoothies on a regular basis. 32% are drinking them to feel healthier while 20% drink them for easy fruit and veggie consumption.
It’s no surprise that many smoothie drinkers say that consuming them regularly makes them feel healthier. There’s an undeniable feel-good vibe you get after drinking a high-quality smoothie.
Smoothies are a go-to for people with active lifestyles
When done right, smoothies offer nourishing ways to recover from workouts and give you sustained energy levels for hours after consumption.
The best smoothies for pre- and post-workouts include a mix of healthy protein and carbs. Smoothies make an ideal snack or meal before and/or after you exercise since they are portable, endlessly customizable, and will give you a boost without making you feel overly full. For best results, drink up at least 30 minutes before starting your workout and snack on something right after. You can even drink half before your workout and finish the rest afterward. And while smoothies have the added benefit of helping you hydrate, always remember to drink plenty of water as well.
Smoothies Are A Win Even If You’re Keto
Whether you’re a dedicated keto guru or you’re just looking to keep the carbs and sugars low, smoothies are still a great option. Keeping the focus on veggies + healthy fats + nutrient-dense superfoods make keto smoothies a powerful meal replacement. Shoot for 5-7g net carbs, 20g protein and 20-30g fat.
Blendtopia might (hint, hint) have something coming for ya in January 2021 so keep an eye out! But, in the meantime, here are two great keto friendly smoothie recipes you’ll love.
Here are some additional recipes to check out!
Some Great Add-Ins To Try
These powerful superfoods offer a wide range of health benefits from reducing inflammation, to preventing chronic disease and improving mood and sleep. If you eat a plant-based diet and/or are an athlete, these superfoods can be particularly helpful in covering all your nutritional bases and improving recovery from exercises-related stress.
Here are our top picks for smoothie add ins that are so potent, you’ll only need a small amount. We also love this article by Running On Real Food that takes a deeper dive into most of these fab superfoods.
- Nut butter
- Hemp seeds
- Milled flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Raw walnuts
- Coconut oil or coconut butter
- MCT oil
- Mushroom blends
- Clean protein powders
Smoothie Giveaway Happening Today!
We have a smoothie giveaway happening TODAY in honor of National Smoothie Day! Visit our Blendtopia Instagram page and enter to win a 16 BOX of organic, ready-to-blend superfood smoothies. Share with your friends and your chances of winning doubles. Don’t miss out! Smoothies are delivered right to your doorstep!
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