Smoothie Truth

It kills me when one of my friends says they drink a smoothie on a regular basis instead of eating meals. I will admit I grab a smoothie sometimes when I’m out and about because it’s convenient. My husband does it too. We love them! Smoothie king is our guilty pleasure! BUT we try to eat regular meals as often as possible and not supplement a smoothie in place of a meal.

Smoothies tend to have way too much fruit in them. They also have syrup which the fruit was sitting in, that’s incredibly high in sugar. I don’t know many people who get veggies in their smoothies so you’re basically getting an overload of sugar. The average fruit smoothie is 500-600 calories with around 49-60g of sugar. That’s twice the amount of sugar you should have in a day!

If you are making smoothies at home, this can be a different story. I will still argue that they shouldn’t be replacing meals. However, you can work them into your diet to your benefit! I make a “smoothie” protein shake. In my protein shake I mix protein powder, fruit, spinach, milk and sometimes an avocado. This is my post workout drink. The difference is that there is WAY less sugar than the smoothie places! I measure out the amount of fruit I need for one serving. I also add in spinach for extra magnesium and iron which is great for you post workout!

Remember, just because it has healthy items in it, doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Read your nutrition labels. Check the sugar and fats! And for goodness sake, don’t replace meals with smoothies on a regular basis. Occasionally is ok. Eat your fruits and veggies in the proper portions!

Collagen peptides

Recently I’ve seen people get into this collagen peptide phase. I took collagen for years but stopped for a bit and now I’m back on it. To be honest I think I got lazy and just didn’t reorder it and then ended up forgetting about it.

Lately my hips have been aching (thank you child birth) and my knees hurt in the evening (thank you cheerleading). I started taking collagen to help lessen the night pain by reducing inflammation. If you’re unfamiliar with collagen peptides here’s a short explanation:

Collagen peptides supply amino acids to the body which help it build new collagen. They are high in an amino acid called Glycine which is needed to build new collagen. Consuming collagen peptides helps your body to stimulate certain cells to produce new collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the skin and other connective tissues. One of the major components of cartilage is collagen! Cartilage covers the ends of “connecting” bones to keep them from rubbing together.

Benefits of collagen peptides:

1. Collagen can help improve digestion by protecting the mucosal lining of the stomach.

2. Collagen strengthens the hair skin and nails. A lot of people think their hair will automatically look healthier. This is incorrect. Your hair will begin to grow healthier from the root. What has already grown (that’s visible) is dead.

3. Collagen is rich in amino acids which helps the liver against damage.

4. Collagen can reduce aches and pains by reducing inflammation and addressing hormone imbalances.

5. It’s claimed collagen can help build muscle and aids in the conversion of essential nutrients.

Collagen in your body naturally decreases with age. A few ways to slow down its breakdown is to:

1. Avoid sugars

2. Be mindful of the sun

3. Avoid smoke or places where people smoke

4. Keep a strong immune system

There’s a ton of different collagen peptide options out there. I get mine from the Vitamin Shoppe because they have a decent rewards program. But I know you can get them at any Whole Foods or nutrition store!