Smoothies are a convenient and delicious way to get a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. And when prepared correctly, they can even help aid in your weight loss efforts by boosting your metabolism and fueling your body with healthy nutrient-rich ingredients. But again, this is only when your smoothies are prepared correctly.
There are a lot of ingredients that may seem healthy on the surface but are actually looming with unwanted sugar, fats, and additives that slow weight loss. One of the biggest culprits is protein powder!
Protein powder is a popular smoothie ingredient for those who are looking to build muscle or increase the protein count in their smoothies to make them meal replacement smoothies. This is only the case when it's made with clean, wholesome ingredients.
Christy Brisette, R.D., says that most brands use sugar and harmful additives to make their protein powders, which can result in weight gain from the excess sugar intake.
"You want it to be mostly protein, not lots of fillers,” she tells Reader's Digest.
Still want to add protein powder to your smoothies? Brisette suggests using a powder with at least 20 grams of protein and less than five grams of carbs per scoop to ensure that you're getting the most out of it.
It's better to avoid flavored protein powders as they can contain artificial sweeteners. If you're craving chocolate and vanilla flavors, Brisette recommends adding vanilla extract or cocoa powder as a healthier alternative!