Most smoothies are packed with so much sugar, you’re practically drinking a milkshake.
“What I see at juice bars is a lot of the smoothies are loaded with a full banana, cup of berries, sweeteners, coconut, syrup, etc.—and the macros lean heavily on the carbs without enough protein or fat to keep people full,” says Kelly LeVeque holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach.
LeVeque emphasizes using quality ingredients—about 20g of protein, at least 10g of fiber, 1 tablespoon of fat, and a handful of fresh greens (or 1 serving of powder)—to curb your appetite and give your body the macros and nutrients it needs to power through the day.
“My formula was based on helping people calm hunger hormones and stay full for hours,” she says. You can use the formula as a blueprint, then build your own superfood smoothie using the macro breakdown.
Want some inspiration? LeVeque’s provided five smoothie recipes from her new book Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever. These blends will power up your mornings—keeping you full ’til lunchtime—and provide the right fuel post-workout.