You've Been Drinking Smoothies All Wrong. Here's What You Should Be Doing Instead

Quick breakfasts are pretty awesome. That's one of the main reasons smoothies are great.

For busy days, or anytime we have to be somewhere early (flights, work, etc.), we keep a few pantry and freezer items around to produce a meal in seconds.

But just because we make them quickly doesn't mean we have to eat them quickly.

In addition to staying hydrated, one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to improve health through food is to:

Just. Slow. Down.

Breathe.

Take a minute to stretch or actually sit down.

Look outside for a minute, or think about something that makes you happy.

This isn't helpful just emotionally, either. Imagine if you had to chew all the food that just went through the blender. It would take a while, right?

We've found when drinking smoothies, it's easy to go too fast.

Enter the smoothie bowl. We first came across this idea through Green Kitchen Stories and have adopted it ever since. Here's how:

  1. Make a smoothie.
  2. Eat it with a spoon.

That simple little hack makes a big difference in the way our food is digested and how well we absorb the stuff we eat.

Why slowing down helps

This isn't new, but it's important. In Marc David's book The Slow Down Diet, he explains how our stress response restricts our digestion. Specifically, too much cortisol leads to muscle and bone loss and messes with our hunger signals.

"Stress is arguably one of the most common causative or contributing factors to just about any disease, condition, or symptom we know of." (Mercola)

Besides this, chewing is the first step in digestion, and without it, nutrients can stay locked up in food. This can make us feel bloated or full while at the same time have us feeling hungry again more quickly.

Other ways to slow down

Eating a smoothie with a spoon instead of a straw makes just enough of a difference for us to feel much better after eating. Here are some other super-simple ways to slow down while eating:

  1. Take three deep breaths at the beginning of a meal.
  2. Sit for an extra five minutes at the end of a meal.
  3. Between each bite, rest the fork or spoon on your plate instead of keeping it in your hand.
  4. Think of one thing you're grateful for at the beginning of each meal.

What are some ways you slow down or recharge even on busy days?

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Photo credit: The Gantzery

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups blueberries, frozen
  • 2 cups spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons chia or hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground maca

Preparation

1. Combine. Add all ingredients to a blender.

2. Blend. Blend until smooth.

3. Top and enjoy. A few topping ideas: figs, yogurt, almond butter, nuts, cacao nibs, granola, etc.


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