I had what I’ll call a paleo protein shake for breakfast this morning. And it was lovely. (I could be wrong, but I feel like it’s only a paleo protein shake if you’ve 1.) added some sort of protein powder and 2.) the ingredients are all paleo.)
For one reason or another, I’ve been off the green smoothie train for a while. I guess because I basically became obsessed with eggs over roasted sweet potatoes and other paleo breakfast options for a while there.
It’s pretty common for folks getting into paleo to shift away from smoothies. Some people might even make the argument that smoothies aren’t paleo compliant at all. Whole30 isn’t a huge fan of them, and honestly, there are a lot of smoothies out there that none of us should be drinking.
But wait, what’s wrong with smoothies? Well nothing, really. As long as you’re doing them right.
Here’s the number one reason that smoothies can work against you.
You’re not adding any fat or protein.
Some nutrition nerds might call this a problem with ‘macronutrient composition’. If you’re drinking a smoothie that is 100% fruit, your macronutrient composition is not ideal. You need to have some fat and protein in there to be considered hip with the paleo crowd. But also, because a fruit-only smoothie won’t do much but spike your blood sugar. Even if sugar is from all natural sources like fruit, it’s likely going to give you blood sugar swings and lead to more sugar cravings, energy crashes and moodiness later on.
The best way to avoid this smoothie mistake is to add protein and fat. This will give you a balanced macronutrient composition, while giving you a lot of bang for your micronutrient buck (micro nutrients are vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.). This means, you’ll have stable blood sugar and stay full until lunch time.
Good sources of fat and/or protein for your paleo protein shake would be:
- Nut butters
- Full-fat yogurt
- Coconut milk or oil
- Organic, grass-fed heavy cream (If you eat dairy, which is also a paleo debate)
- Raw eggs (something I’ve never done and not sure if I want to)
MANGO PALEO PROTEIN SHAKE
1 handful of frozen kale (frozen greens are more brittle and blend smoother)
2 slices of frozen mango
1/2 cup of frozen, mixed berries
2 tablespoons of almond butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Blend until smooth. I’m always guilty of not blending long enough. Trust me. Blend longer than you think you need to. Enjoy!
What about you? Any tips to make your smoothie healthier? Got a favorite smoothie recipe? Or a question? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!