Smoothies have taken over the past decade as the reliable source for macronutrients to help us bulk up our muscles. It sure beats the age-old habit of non-stop lamon. Now, the fitness society has figured out that the best option is sometimes throwing everything into a blender.
But just like everything else in health and fitness, there are a ton of misconceptions floating around about the blended meals. Sometimes, smoothies even inspire anxiety and fear—the amount of sugar, too much protein powder, smoothies all the time.
Fear not, fellow fitness lovers, we’ve done our research about some common concerns of our favorite meal-in-a-glass.
These days, we’re much wiser and stricter about our sugar intake, which means we totally freak out when grams of sugar appear in the nutritional breakdown for a smoothie recipe. But there’s no need to panic, ladies and gents. Advanced sports dietitian Lisa Middleton tells us that carbs are not the enemy whether you’re trying to decrease body fat or increase muscle mass. In fact, a little bit of natural sugar from milk and fruits provides a source of nutritious carbohydrates to help fuel your workout sessions, stave off hunger, and keep you energized the entire time you’re at the gym.
For those moments when you’re rushing out the door or only have half an hour to spare after a workout, a smoothie can be a great option to add to your daily menu. They’re great options for a quick and convenient meal or snack. Also, making your own means you avoid the processed sugars and fats (and mystery ingredients) present in many bottled “smoothies” available at convenience stores and supermarkets.
Adding a banana or some berries can be a great way to capitalize on your daily fruit intake. And because you’re not juicing them, you still benefit from their fiber content, antioxidants, and vitamins. Also, think of it this way: the natural sweet taste of these fruits will keep you from craving manufactured sweets. These natural sugars from fruits add sweetness to your diet without the fatty consequences. The carbohydrates in most fruits help manage blood glucose levels and keep your desire to steal from a cookie jar at bay.
If you’re sick of milk and bananas in your smoothie, you can actually add more to what you’re already working with. Maybe you can mix some almond butter with broccoli! Smoothie can be real macronutrient powerhouses. For example, a smoothie can be a great way to increase your protein intake through dairy or soy milk, and yogurt. If you want to add some healthy fats, smoothies can help you, too, by putting in some nuts, seeds, and avocados. Not only that, these meals-in-a-glass can be essential post-workout consumables for those looking to add muscle. They’re a much more palatable way of getting the extra calories and macronutrients muscle-building men need without needing to stomach excessive volumes of food at every meal.