Can you ‘drink’ your way to better health? We’ll explain.
Wouldn’t that be great if we could get our nutrition from a simple pill or even a beverage? Unfortunately, the reality is a bit more like what we’ve been doing all our lives: eating solids, and in food form.
Liquid meals do have their place in your nutrition and fitness program if you choose; but not exclusively. Here are some things to consider.
The calories are still present
Just because it’s liquid, doesn’t mean the calorie count is lower. You’re still consuming all the calories of that banana or avocado; blending it with water into a smoothie doesn’t negate the calorie count. Make certain to measure carefully as you would when preparing any other sustenance.
They aren’t always ‘healthy’
If you’re not used to juicing or drinking smoothies, the bland taste might throw you off and you could be tempted to add in peanut butter or some other sweet additive, which can pack on extra sugars and calories. If you crave something sweet in your drinks, use fresh fruit – but sparingly.
Soup counts, too
Don’t discount the health advantages of that timeless standby: the soup. Avoid store bought soups loaded with salt and preservatives and try making your own from scratch. Vegetable broth from the bits of leftovers makes a good basic stock for any soups or even on its own. Miso – fermented soybean paste – has beneficial antioxidants – but can also be high in sodium.
You can feel fuller if you add protein
This is the trick to keeping on your liquid diet, because if you’re always feeling hungry after, then something is missing in the mix. Add in a tablespoon of protein powder, a nut butter or even a free-range egg to give your belly a feeling of being satiated.
If you have doubts, ask your physician
Obviously, if you’re pregnant, nursing or have diabetes, a liquid meal replacement is not something you should consider.
To learn more about fitness and health, visit Warwick Women’s Workout, our Perth fitness gym.