Smoothies are a great option for people who aren’t big on eating a full meal first thing in the morning or simply want to save some time. They’re super versatile and can be created for any mix and match of ingredients, taken on the go, prepared ahead of time, and depending on what’s included — packed with nutritious fruits and veggies.
Many people, myself included, use smoothies to replace a meal. I drink a smoothie first thing in the morning instead of eating breakfast. It’s a great way to ensure I get lots of fruits and a big serving of spinach each day. Other people might use them for weight loss or other health reasons. Either way, they are a great solution! Here’s are some great meal replacement smoothies to try…
Are Meal Replacement Smoothies Effective?
It’s no easy task to make an entire meal into a drink. According to LiveStrong, one traditional meal usually adds up to anywhere from 500 to 800 calories, whereas a meal replacement smoothie will contain between 200 and 300 calories. Obviously meal replacement smoothies will drastically reduce a persons caloric intake each day. This is why they are so popular among people trying to lose weight, but are they effective?
One small study of 25 older adults struggling with obesity published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging were able to help with weight loss. The researchers conducted a 12-week weight loss intervention with meal replacement products and found “clinically significant weight loss and improvements in cardiometabolic risk.”
The bottom line is that meal replacement smoothies are a short term solution. You can’t use them long term, but they might help with any short term weight loss goals. LiveStrong suggests using one meal replacement smoothie per day alongside whole foods in order to get the nutrients needed for a healthy, energized body.