Who doesn’t love a thick slurrpy smoothie in the morning? It takes only a few minutes to blend a delicious smoothie and it makes an enticing on-the-go breakfast when you’re rushing for work. But everyday, choosing this quick morning fix over a sumptuous breakfast bites you as it almosts never suffices in keeping you charged until lunch. Wouldn’t it be a blessing if you could make that smoothie more filling to keep you full for a bit longer? We asked Delhi-based nutritionist Shikha Sharma about 5 ingredients you could add to your smoothie to keep you full for hours. Here’s what she said...
“Adding avocado to your smoothie can fill your body with energy, while keeping the calorie count low at the same time. It is also a rich source of essential vitamins and potassium,” says Sharma. Blend in one-fourth of an avocado to your smoothie will supply your body with enough protein and and healthy fats to keep full of zest through the day.
This may sound a little redundant, but yogurt is the key to a well blended, satisfying smoothie. The kind of yogurt you use also may determine the sumptuousness and nutritional value of your smoothie. “Infusing your smoothie with protein-rich plain Greek yogurt will make it more fulfilling while keeping its fruity flavours intact,” says Sharma.
3. Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds are an excellent source of protein and antioxidants. Adding only a tablespoon of chia seeds can instill exponential nutritional value to your smoothie. But, they tend to make the smoothie a little thick sometimes, so it is advisable to soak them in water for a couple of minutes before blending them in your smoothie.
4. Dry Fruits
“Dry fruits are a great source of fat, fibre and vitamins for our body,” explains Sharma. Dry fruits help you to work for long hours without fatigue. Blending a spoonful of cashews and almonds or topping your smoothie with a handful of dates and crushed apricot can not only improve the nutritional value of your smoothie but also make it more filling.
5. Sweet Potato
“Sweet Potato is a complex carbohydrate that releases energy slowly and is also a rich source of Vitamin A,” says Sharma. Adding half a cup sweet potato will keep you well charged until lunch. It will also help to boost your immune system.