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Are We Drinking Too Many Smoothies?

 

Not that long ago, while being interviewed for a podcast I let these words slip out of my mouth: "The world doesn't need another green smoothie." And it's kind of true. The world doesn't. But you and I might.

It's complicated out there.

Last week, I had the privilege of hosting the Culinary Nutrition Conference and as we were prepping and planning, all I kept thinking was how fortunate I am to get to dream up these things and make them happen. And maybe it's the smoothie I need to thank. Maybe it's all because of a green smoothie, or a blueberry smoothie, or this chocolate cherry smoothie.

Smoothies have gotten flack in the media, mainly because the media likes to make fun of, derail, and create scare tactics for just about everything positive. But I believe there is power in a smoothie. The power is that anyone can make one, you can cram more nutrition into a shake than most people eat in a week, and when we start high dosing our diets with power nutrients, fueling our brain and subsequently our lives with real food, we start thinking differently. We start questioning things, we start growing and evolving in different ways. We become healthy.

Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

You can cram more nutrition into a shake than most people eat in a week.

If I had never started drinking smoothies, or for that matter, eating a real foods diet, I definitely wouldn't be living in the healthy body I am living in today, and you wouldn't be reading this.

In a recent interview I was asked if I thought we as a "health-conscious population" were consuming too many smoothies, if there's too much of a reliance on them. My answer: Maybe. Maybe we do consume too many smoothies, maybe we are too reliant on them. Here's the thing though: I don't know about you, but when I am short on time and my fridge is low on ingredients, the smoothie is my fast food. It's quick, easy and convenient. This is obviously not the tripod I like to rest most of my food choices on (or how any of us should be choosing who we date), but at times, it's just the way life is sometimes. In those moments, a smoothie seems like the most perfect option.

So, does the world need another green smoothie? No. But what the world does need is each and every one of us operating at our optimal potential, doing awesome things and creating a global shift towards positive change. If a smoothie can help us achieve that, than we're all good here.

Chocolate Cherry SmoothieFor the record, a smoothie will not heal the woes or your life. Your thoughts and actions will. Great food, however, is a catalyst for changing our thoughts and our actions. As my creed says, Eat fruit, lots of cherries, while thinking good thoughts. And so to keep it fresh, this smoothie isn't green. It's deep brown with a hint of red thanks to the most glorious Ontario cherries that I am consuming in copious amounts.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Romance

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Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
  • 2 tsp maca
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 dates or ½ banana for sweetness
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

Make It Like So
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

6 Responses to “Are We Drinking Too Many Smoothies?”

  1. Debbie said…
    I agree 100% I have smoothies to thank for the giant shift in our eating habits. I am always rushed in the mornings and never ate breakfast - ever - I was not organized enough to remember to bring my lunch with me and more often than not the first food i was putting in my stomach would be around 2pm out of starvation. Hubs and I are now making smoothies every morning. We take them in the car with us and I make a smoothie to have for lunch at work as well - I feel better - my skin looks better than it had in years - I am more alert and I know that i am fueling my body with good food. I feel the difference. It has become the catalyst for a huge shift in our eating habits. We now eat real food - clean food - with the occasional cheat meal but it is a conscious decision when we do. I swear because of the blueberry, spinach and oat smoothie hubby makes with Hemp hearts, matcha and chia his cholesterol has come down - good cholesterol has come up. Six months ago the dr was talking about putting him on cholesterol meds - and now all the numbers are where they are supposed to be. I just invested in a Vitamix and waiting for it to arrive - I love my salad smoothies for lunch - at my job i do not have time to sit and eat a ginormous salad for lunch - I now sip on all the goodness in a smoothie. I dont think I have felt this great in years. Stomach bloat is gone - I am figuring out what foods irritate my belly. Because of smoothies and googling I found you and seriously thinking of taking your course. All because of the smoothie. It is a a good thing ☺
  2. Jen said…
    I love smoothies but they don't love me. I feel horrible for most of the day if I have one. This rings true for me http://everydayayurveda.org/diet-for-your-dosha/3-reasons-avoid-green-smoothies but everyone is different.
  3. Wow! Great read, Meghan. I love smoothies and how it somehow enable people to stick with healthy eating habits. Glad to find a smoothie recipe that breaks away from the traditional greens without affecting its health benefits! :) Thanks for sharing!
  4. Martina said…
    This might be your best smoothie recipe yet, Meghan.
  5. Shoshana said…
    Well said, Meghan! Some of my favourite smoothies have been made from whatever I have left in the fridge or garden! Green, red or otherwise!
  6. Deb Young said…
    Smoothies are the best. I have one nearly every day, either breakfast or lunch. Sometimes I save part and have it for my afternoon snack. It is a great pick me up at 3:00 o'clock Full of nutrients and freshness. I feel great after having my smoothie. It fills me with energy, fullness without the feeling of being too full. I cannot say enough good things about smoothies. Yum. I love chocolate cherry combinations

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