I’m all for those antioxidants giving us that glowing skin and chances are, you are too. Lucky for us my Berry Young smoothie is full of antioxidants and sweetness!
Lately, I have a smoothie almost every day, either as a post workout or a dessert. I naturally crave sweets and I’ve learned that the last thing you want to do is deprive yourself of the food you really enjoy and doesn’t make you feel yucky afterward just because some health magazine or whatnot told you that you should cut down on your fruit intake.
I will have my smoothie, I will top it with more fruit if I darn well want to and I’ll feel amazing all while I slurp it down!
At the beginning of everyone’s health journey, we learn that sugar is bad and to stay clear. So if you’re anything like me you might be wondering why it’s considered “healthy” to eat a sugary smoothie but not a candy bar. So let me break it down for you…
1. Refined sugar (think white sugar, cookies, candy bars… ) spike your blood sugar levels leaving you later with a crash.
2. Natural sugars are found in fruits and also some vegetables. These foods also have natural fiber and fiber helps slow down the digestion of the natural sugars which results in more stable blood sugar levels instead of the spike and crash.
So if you are going to chow down on something sweet it’s definitely best to stick to the naturally sweet foods instead of whipping up some sugar crashing cookies. However, sometimes we do crave something a little sweeter and if that’s the case try sticking to less refined sugars (honey, maple syrup, dates…). It’s okay, no one’s judging you here 😉.
– 💜 Amanda