Diets in Review Question

should I add protein to fruit smoothies?

Marianne Kelly asked this question Dec 30th, 2011 1:15 pm

Last year I read Dr. Oz's tip for a healthier New Year and started making green smoothies daily.( I also read the Green Smoothie revolution.) My blood sugar drops after a couple of hours. Should I add protein to the smoothies? I also read that protein powders may be harmful to your health. How true is that?

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Adding protein-rich foods to your smoothie is a great way to add extra nutrients to your smoothie. Although most protein powders are safe, its easy to over do it and go overboard on protein. Instead, stick with protein-rich ingredients like nut butter, almonds, ground flaxseed, soy milk, yogurt and/or low-fat cows milk. By incorporating protein rich ingredients, digestion should be slower and help balance out your blood sugar. Fiber-rich ingredients can also be helpful in keeping your blood sugar more even. Make sure your smoothie is also a rich source of fiber and if not, consider adding a small high-fiber snack to go along with it. Almonds, high-fiber cereals, whole fruit/veggies (not smoothie-fied) are great side item options.

posted on Jan 3rd, 2012 3:01 am