10 Smoothie Mistakes That You're Probably Making - Especially #4

Updated: Aug 15

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Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get all of the nutrients your body needs to feel satisfied and stabilize your blood glucose levels - while also sipping it on the go if necessary. BUT... not all smoothies are created equal. In fact, it's really easy to go from a gut healing, fat burning smoothie to a bloat-y sugar bomb in just a few swaps.

I see these mistakes made all the time with my clients and #AENpeeps. It can be the difference between seeing amazing wellness results and being confused why you aren't making any progress toward your goals.

Today I'm breaking down the 10 most common smoothie mistakes that you're probably making so that you can side step them with tomorrow's smoothie and feel GOOD again!

10 smoothie mistakes that you're probably making - healthy smoothies

1. You're using a fruit juice base.

10 oz. of orange juice will have about 26g of sugar. Read that again. 26 grams of sugar!! That's more than a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup! And that's not even including any of the other ingredients you may be adding! Starting off with this high level of sugar will throw your blood glucose levels on a roller coaster ride of spikes and falls, leaving you feeling tired, hungry and bloated.

Instead, opt for an unsweetened nut milk base or water. You can even make your own coconut milk in 5 minutes HERE!

2. You're using the WRONG protein

Collagen is often misunderstood to be a complete protein. Although there are a variety of reasons why you might want to add collagen into your smoothie, using it as a protein source is not one of them. Instead, it's important to make sure there's always an adequate source of complete protein, such as our zero sugar Protein Powder or greek yogurt.

You can test out our zero sugar, pasture-raised 100% whey isolate protein powder HERE.

3. You're adding in raw kale.

Veggies are a great addition to smoothies! But using a handful of raw kale every morning can cause GI distress and bloating, especially if you suffer from IBS. Plus, raw kale contains goitrogens that can impair the thyroid. If you still want to incorporate kale into your smoothies, try steaming them first then freezing individual servings. This will make the kale easier to breakdown and remove the majority of goitrogens.

4. You're skimping on the fats.

This also ties into tip number 10. Fats are needed to stabilize blood glucose levels and boost the satiety of your smoothie. That's why you'll see a variety of fats used in smoothies within the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle. Without them, your smoothie isn't a MEAL and you'll feel hungry within an hour.

5. You're using way too much fruit.

I remember going to places like Jamba Juice as a kid and getting smoothies that were just PURE fruit. Orange juice, pineapple, strawberries and raspberries - all. the. fruit. And I would be full for a little bit, but then within an hour or two be STARVED. The pure fruit smoothie didn't contain any fat or protein to slow down the release of the sugars. This can lead to a massive spike in your blood glucose levels and an immediate drop, leaving you h