I didn’t realize smoothies were controversial until Food52 posted one of their “Put A Filter On It” challenges — take an Instagram shot of whatever smoothie or juice you’re enjoying as spring approaches.
After the standard “So excited about this!” comments, there were a number of very grumpy people who started complaining about the high glycemic index of many juices, how smoothies are just calorie bombs and how people with diabetes couldn’t participate in the challenge.
While I am not unsympathetic, smoothies and juices are not always as evil as they’re being made out to be. For example, I often have a green smoothie for breakfast, which is filled with greens, antioxidants and protein while also being gluten-free, paleo, vegan and lower-calorie than most other healthy alternatives (315 calories, about the same as a Larabar and fruit and with less sugar).
Fruit is pretty high in sugar, but it’s natural sugar, and surely eating more fruits and vegetables is the main goal of most healthy people? A nutritionist used to tell me that it was really, really, hard for people to eat too much fruit, and I take issue with smoothie haters who say I should feel guilty about something that packs almost four fruit servings in one meal.
And so, in protest, I created this wonderfully refreshing all-fruit smoothie for breakfast yesterday. It might not be Whole30 compliant, because Whole30 participants are meant to limit fruit and avoid smoothies, but it is vegan, gluten-free, paleo and only 270 calories with no added sugar.
So enjoy! And let the naysayers miss out. More smoothie for you.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 5 frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to your blender in the specified order. Blend until smooth and thick. Enjoy!