Here’s a fact: losing weight and improving one’s health at the same time is very hard. Fitness goals, right?
They look good on paper, in your journal as a new year’s resolution, but putting them to action is an entirely different matter.
The answer, though, lies in getting into the smoothie habit. Smoothies can help you deal with both weight loss and nutrient deficiencies.
For us, we like our blended drinks thick, so today, we will teach you how to thicken a smoothie.
The Joys of Thick Smoothies
Some people enjoy smoothies that are soft, juice-like, and easy to drink.
Others, on the other hand, prefer creamier thicker smoothies.
Honestly, it will simply all boil down to personal preference.
We prefer thicker, richer smoothies over juice-like smoothies, though, every time, not just for its taste and texture, but for its wonderful benefits, such as:
- Thicker smoothies are more satisfying. They can make you feel full longer than a less thick one; in fact, science even proved it.
- It helps you lose weight. Since you are already feeling full, then chances are, your food, and by extension, your calorie intake will lessen, as well.
- It can make you healthier in general. Since it does help you lose weight, you will also be less at risk of weight-related health issues like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
In a nutshell, we love thicker smoothies because they help us achieve our weight goals while also not being hungry all the time.
Remember, any diet regimen that makes you feel hungry all the time has a bigger possibility of recoiling that can end up with you binge eating and gaining even more weight. Yikes!
How to Thicken a Smoothie
So, do you want to try if thicker smoothies are more effective and satisfying?
The secret to doing so is by adding the right ingredients.
Here are three ingredients that you can throw into your blender and add to any of your smoothie recipes to make them thicker and creamier:
1. Chia Seeds
This is a crowd favorite because of their high nutritional value and the ability of these seeds to expand and take on a more gelatinous form.
In fact, some chefs use it for puddings and jellies.
2. Nut Butter
Another popular ingredient that one can add to smoothies to make them creamier is nut butter.
There are a lot of different options to choose from with various textures and flavor profiles.
Hence, don't feel bad if you're allergic to peanuts because you can always opt for almond, hazelnut, or even cashew instead.
There are also a lot of recipes that you can explore online to make your own nut butter at home.
Finally, a list of how to thicken smoothies will never be complete without mentioning bananas.
They are creamy by nature, but aside from just adding texture, what we love more about it is the fact that they add a hint of their sweetness to your smoothie.
In this way, you won't even have to add any more sugar to your drink, keeping even more calories at bay.
To Sum Up
What else can we say? Smoothies are sinfully delicious, yet saintly helpful, especially if you want to add more nutrients into your diet and lose some weight.
It is also a great meal replacement for those with really hectic mornings who want breakfasts that they can easily consume or better yet, drink while on the go.
What's better is that the method on how to thicken a smoothie isn't rocket science; you just need the right ingredient!