Q: What is considered a serving size for a smoothie? How much should I drink?
A: Ah, the great serving size debate. And one that inevitably comes up when talking about smoothies.
Most people drink 8-16 ounces per â€œservingâ€ of smoothie, and often more than once a day. But there are several factors that make it difficult to justly advise on what a blanketed serving size is. A person's size, age, health, and activity level all come into play when determining personal caloric needs (whether those calories are from a smoothie, or otherwise). Additionally, smoothie recipes vary in calorie content, richness, and satiety, making every smoothie a slightly different equation.
With this said, superfood smoothies (like the ones we feature here on our site) are packed full of the most nutritious foods nature has to offer. So, while it's smart to be conscious of portion control with things like a baguette or grandma's shortbread cookies which sadly contain little to no nutrition (empty calories), smoothies are very much in the category of â€œthe more the merrier.â€ Because these types of drinks are so nutrient dense and full of fiber-rich whole foods, they are actually rather difficult to â€œover-drink.â€ Instead, most people naturally find the loose quantity of â€œa glassâ€ to be quite filling, energizing, and satisfying.
As long as your smoothies do not include refined sources of sugar or heavily processed ingredients (like isolated whey or soy protein), drinking nature's cornucopia via a smoothie is a dietary practice that depends on the prescription from the number one expert of your body's needs: you.
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