- I’m just not that hungry. A smoothie wouldn’t be satiating enough for a meal and would be too much in-between meals. It might work for breakfast, but I make my daughter an egg every morning, so I usually just piggyback and add a few more for me.
- I’m lazy. I don’t like to pull out major equipment like a blender unless absolutely necessary. I know manufacturers sell these devices as being time-saving and convenient, but they don’t feel that way to me.
- You can argue with me about this, but I feel like the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has been oversold. This may warrant it’s own blog post someday, but for now, let’s just say that I don’t think they yield anything magical. Of course I enjoy them and eat them, but I don’t glorify them. So a kale-blueberry-flax seed-cod liver oil smoothie just isn’t impressive to me. For some antioxidant debate, see this and this from Slate.
- There’s some evidence to suggest that many things we eat, including the aforementioned kale, shouldn’t be eaten raw. See here for more on that.
- I try not to drink my calories. Or, at the very least, I try to reserve that niche for alcohol. Liquids just aren’t going to trigger your satiety signals as well. You also run the danger of consuming far more than if you were eating the fruit, veggies, and other ingredients whole.
With that said, I can see some reasons for whipping up a liquid concoction, aside from having your broken jaw wired shut. Besides, I like to argue with myself.
You’re an endurance athlete. There is not a single gene in my body that codes for “endurance athlete”, so this is not a concern of mine. But I know there are folks out there who have a hard time keeping weight on and need quality calories. Smoothies are probably great for recovery as long as there’s some good fat and protein involved (almond butter, coconut oil, full-fat yogurt, eggs, etc.)
- Smoothies differ from juice in that, as long as you’re using whole fruit and veggies, you’re getting the benefit of all the fiber and nutrients. I do think you’re unlocking the sugars a bit and the Glycemic Index will go up since you’re absorbing them faster. (See? I have counter-arguments for my counter-arguments!)
So should you smoothie? The answer is yes, if:
- You enjoy them. Just keep them small to make sure you’re not sucking down too many calories.
- You make your own. Jamba Juice does not make smoothies. They make a sugar-laden liver bomb flavored with fruit-flavored syrups.
- You’re not fooling yourself about the sugar content in the fruit. Keep your sugar intake low for the rest of the day or try a savory smoothie. Mark Sisson has some recipes here. Primal Toad has some too (here), and while I can’t vouch for it, he has an e-book of smoothie recipes available for sale on his site.
- You’re not trying to lose weight. The calories, carbs, and sugars can certainly frustrate those efforts.
Do you smoothie?