Can Smoothies Make You Gain Weight?
October 19, 2021
Can Smoothies Make You Gain Weight?
Food for thought: Can smoothies make you gain weight? Truthfully, too much of anything can lead to weight gain if you don’t watch out for the ingredients, regularity, portion size, and macros. The key to weight management revolves around calorie count and ingredients. If you take in more than you’re burning, you’ll gain weight. Same amount? You’ll maintain your weight. A deficit? You’ll start to lose weight. Plus, not all weight gain is created equal, but we’ll get to that.
With that being the general rule, we’re going to dive in and give our tips to keeping smoothies healthy and diet-friendly so that you can Rule the Day™ your way.
Types of Smoothie Mistakes You Might Be Making
We’ll start with the areas that might need correcting: the smoothie ingredients.
How balanced is the recipe that you use in your go-to order? Is it a whole blend with healthy ingredients or loaded with sweeteners like honey, syrups, or sugar?
First thing’s first: Opt for fresh or frozen fruits without added sugars or syrups. Avoid canned fruits, too – while affordable and accessible, they’re often filled to the brim with sugary syrups.
Second, are you paying attention to your bases – things like fruit juice, yogurt, or milk – to make sure you are being calorie-conscious? Remember that while smoothies can be a sweeter meal replacement, they aren’t meant to be as sweet as a dessert splurge. To make some healthy adjustments, go for plain low-fat Greek yogurt and low-fat milk or plant-based milk. When combined with fruit, your taste buds will quickly get used to these bases because fruits are already naturally sweet.
Third, up the protein and fiber content. Read on.
Smoothie Ingredients You Should Sub in
The best way to make a smoothie work for you is to look for blends high in fiber, low in sugar, and rich in protein. These blends will help you feel fuller for longer and can still taste as delicious as you want them to be. You’ll find natural fiber in ingredients like berries, kale, seeds, and more, as well as in different fiber-focused nutritional enhancers.
As for protein, some bases provide more than others: dairy milk versus nut milk, Greek yogurt versus regular, etc. It simply depends on your health goals. Other ingredients are also good protein sources, such as cottage cheese, soft tofu, beans, nuts, nut butter, and protein powders or protein-rich nutritional enhancers.
So, Are Smoothies Good for You? They Can Be!
When you’re watching what you eat, for whatever reason, sometimes you can get stuck in a food rut, eating the same thing day in and day out. You stick to what you know, you meal plan what you can, and eventually, you might get a little bored. Smoothies are great to break up the routine, and Smoothie King is here to keep things interesting.
In the end, the nutritional value of a smoothie relies on the ingredients you (or your local smoothie shop) use. If you’re starting with clean, healthy smoothie ingredients and measuring out proportions with your measuring cups and food scale rather than your eyes (or stomach), you’ll get a healthy smoothie blend that fuels your day while tasting great.
Customization Is Key
At Smoothie King, our whole blends are super customizable, offering you a wide range of healthy smoothie ingredients. When you order any of our blends, you’re getting 100% whole fruits and organic veggies without anything you don’t want (No GMOs, artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, gluten, soy, etc.). We’ve made smoothies as good as they can be, both in nutritional value and in taste, so that you can Rule the Day™ with ease.
Still not convinced? Check out this blog we wrote on the topic.
Types of Smoothies to Try
If you’ve never been to a Smoothie King, you’re missing out! We know that picking something at random off a menu is tricky, especially for the first time. Plus, people have different preferences, so it’s not a slam dunk to ask for the most popular or the staff favorite. Instead, we’ll break down four of our most popular categories so you can find your perfect sip.
1. Stay Slim
If you’re looking to manage your weight, our Stay Slim blends are purposefully blended to help you stay on track, with under 350 calories for every 20 oz. We offer 20 curated blends to choose from, or you can make your own by mixing and matching the ingredients you’ll find in this category. We’ve got everything from fresh, fruity blends to hearty veggie, vanilla, or chocolate concoctions, so you’re sure to find something that will satisfy that sweet tooth without breaking the caloric bank.
2. Be Well
If you’re looking for something that will simply make you feel good through and through, we recommend our 17 Be Well blends. We blend these types of smoothies with essential vitamins to help maintain a healthy body. Whether you need a recharge, some additional multivitamins, or immune support, these blends will help you Rule the Day™.
3. Get Fit
If you’re after a blend that can help you achieve your fitness goals, our Get Fit blends are for you. We offer 20 options that are purposefully blended with protein-rich ingredients to help you fuel up or recover faster, and of course, they are 100% customizable to accommodate any goal, nutritional need, or smoothie preference. Need a pick-me-up? No problem. Diet short on protein? Not anymore. Have a hard time recovering from your new routine? Sit back, relax, and sip on some Smoothie King.
4. Take a Break
Of course, we have to have some delicious blends for those “just because” moments. Our Take a Break blends are purposefully blended to help you reward yourself or simply enjoy the day. We’ve got 18 options that, like all our other categories, are completely customizable to make anyone’s day, whether it’s a special “treat yourself” moment or a day when you just need something a little on the sweeter side. Don’t worry; these treats are still packed with healthy smoothie ingredients so you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying yourself.