Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get more nutrients into your diet.

Just throw everything in a blender, then down the hatch. Perfect for a rushed morning or after a long day.

But there are a few rules you need to follow when making and drinking smoothies.

3 Smoothie Rules To Live By:

1) Chew your smoothie.

Yes, smoothies are drinkable. But you still need to chew them in order to release the necessary salivary enzymes required for proper digestion — especially salivary amylase which is necessary for carbohydrate digestion (because fruits and veggies are mostly made of carbs, and your smoothie is mostly made of fruits and veggies!).

So instead of viewing your smoothie as a drink, view it as a liquid salad. This will help you remember to munch.

2) Include protein and fat in your smoothie.

Fruits contain natural sugars that can cause your blood sugar to spike. So to help balance this effect, be sure to include protein and fat in your smoothie. Plus protein and fat will also help keep you feeling full and satiated long after the carbs have digested. Just as important, fat aids with vitamin and mineral absorption, so helps you get the most out of the fruits and veggies in your smoothie.

I’m a big fan of hemp protein (also loaded with fiber) and grass-fed collagen peptides (hello, gorgeous skin!) for protein and flax oil or coconut oil for fat.

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3) Don’t overload your smoothie with high-sugar fruits.

Yes, fruit is filled with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. And yes, fruit makes smoothies taste good! But it’s easy to get carried away and add too many high-sugar fruits in your smoothie. Even with the inclusion of healthy fats and proteins to help balance the sugars, too many high-sugar fruits will cause your insulin to spike much like it would if you ate a candy bar. This will cause you to feel hungry and tired shortly after eating your smoothie (as your blood sugar begins to fall again), and will lead to blood sugar disregulation in the long-run.

So instead of using a banana, use an avocado to add creaminess (and healthy fats!) to your smoothie. Or instead of mango, use raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries (all low in sugar). And don’t forget your greens!

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