Are you on a mission to change your life? Get healthy? Congratulations for taking your health into your own hands! Healthy eating is a major component in overall health and wellness. It has an impact on our health in more ways than many realise, including inflammation, the source behind many chronic diseases and illnesses.
Shakes and smoothies are very common when people are looking to get healthy. Premade smoothie and shake mixes are marketed very well by various companies as the easy answer to achieving your goals. I am a huge fan of shakes and smoothies, but the difference between the smoothies my clients, family and myself consume are that they are prepared from whole foods, not a package you can tear open and pour into your blender.
I’m going to break down for you some of the most common mistakes people make when introducing smoothies and shakes to their diet:
Mistake # 1 - Focusing on fruits and not enough on leafy greens and vegetables.
You want your shake and smoothie to consist of mostly leafy greens and other veggies. Fruits can be used for flavour or just leave it out. As adults we should be consuming more vegetables and leafy greens than fruits.
Mistake # 2 - Using protein powders that consisted of protein isolates and concentrates.
The processing of proteins into concentrate or isolates takes away the benefits of the synergistic components found in whole protein sources and leaves you with a denatured food item which rarely is healthy. On top of this, some companies use chemicals to make concentrates and isolates.. When consuming proteins the best source is whole food sources not concentrates and isolates. I recommend using nuts, seeds and hemp as a wholefood source of protein. Plus they contain both protein and healthy fats making them even more nutritious.
Mistake # 3 - Purchasing premade shakes & smoothies.
Here is the bad news - most shakes out on the market today contain unhealthy ingredients and combinations which actually are counterproductive to your goals.
These ingredients include:
Most of us already know that processed foods have no health benefits for us. We need to see pre-made shake or smoothie formulas for what they really are, a processed food . Making your own shake can be just as simple and easy with a little prep ahead of time. Here are my three best pieces of advice when making your own shakes and smoothies:
Dana Clark, CNHP, CHN, CHC
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