The biggest mistake people make when blending a smoothie? Overloading it with fruit. Delicious? Yes. Jam-packed with sugar and ripe for an energy crash? You bet.
“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. “That’s why I limit fruit to ¼ cup or 1 serving.”
This green mixed berry smoothie recipe below—from LeVeque’s new book Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever—is a prime example of how to add the right amount of fruit.
For an added boost of greens, LeVeque likes NOW Foods’ Green PhytoFoods Powder.
Nutritional information (per serving):
- 24 g fat (MCT OIL)
- 16 g carbs
- 10 g fiber
- 28g protein
Makes 1 (16oz) servings
- 1 serving organic vanilla plant protein
- 1 to 2 Tbsp MCT oil
- 1 to 2 Tbsp organic golden flax seeds
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of kale
- 1 Tbsp Green Phytofoods Powder*
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 cups water
How to make it