Simple & Satisfying Smoothies
By Ashleigh Kidd, RD, LDN | June 2023
Smoothies are an excellent way to get a variety of nutrients. They’re also quick, easy, and most of the time (lol) DELISH! They can be a balanced meal, post workout replenishment, or a midday snack. However, sometimes they leave us hungry & unsatisfied which can lead to an increase in appetite for the rest of the day. Just like any other meal or snack, this happens when we don’t have a balance of macronutrients (i.e. all fruit and no protein or fat). So how can we make smoothies more satiating? Don’t worry, I got you covered.
Start with a base:
Water or milk of choice
Add your fav fruit & veggies (carbohydrates + fiber):
Choose frozen when you can to make your smoothie extra thick and creamy. Berries, bananas, spinach, kale, frozen cauliflower, zucchini, and squash are some of my go to picks! These frozen veggies have minimal to no taste so you’re getting a variety of micronutrients blended in seamlessly.
Besides the obvious protein powder, you can go for Greek yogurt (this can also be a source of fat), cottage cheese for a creamy texture, silken tofu, or even beans! (don’t knock it till ya try it!)
Pick your fats:
Hemp seeds (also adds protein!)
Chia seeds and/or flax seeds (great source of extra fiber too)
Add ins (optional):
Cacao powder and/or nibs
Oats (extra fiber)
Adaptogens (consult your medical provider)
Even with a balance of macronutrients, sometimes smoothies just aren’t going to fill us up like a meal that we would chew. If this happens, make sure to pair your smoothie with something you can chomp down on to feel satisfied.