7 powerful reasons 20/20 smoothies make the perfect breakfast.
Smoothies can be the ultimate breakfast item – here’s why:
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all know we should eat it, that’s the easy part. But what to actually have for breakfast? That’s where things can get tricky. With endless options available, can make selecting a healthy breakfast a daunting task, and by the nature of breakfast being the morning meal—when you’re inevitably rushing to start the day—one that’s just a pain in a**.
Fortunately, smoothies can be just the solution you were looking for. At the cross-section of healthy and convenient, they’re really an opportune breakfast choice, and there’s no denying they’re a delicious way to start the day. But in case you need more convincing to get your breakfast smoothie on, here’s 7 reasons why you may very well want to make 20/20 breakfast smoothies part of your morning routine.
THEY’RE CONVENIENT AND EFFICIENT
Between (begrudgingly) getting out of bed, trying to get yourself (not to mention kids, partner etc) ready and out of the house while juggling chores and responsibilities, commuting and getting your day started, it can be all too easy to skip breakfast all together. But the morning meal is the most important meal of the day for a reason—it is what jump starts our metabolism for the day and sets us up for weight management success. Therefore, the convenience factor makes smoothies a viable solution. Essentially you don’t have to stop what you are doing to consume one, because they’re easy to consume and portable; you don’t have to sit down at a table to drink it, or use a fork or knife or condiments either, and can bring them with you on-the-go, wherever you go.
HELPS YOU MEET YOUR DAILY FIBER NEEDS
Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to meet half your daily fiber needs in just one meal—and a 20/20 smoothie does just that. In the very least a 20/20 smoothie will pack 20g of belly-filling fiber—and more if fruit, vegetables, seeds etc are blended in. Women need a minimum of 35g of fiber per day, and men need at least 38g, so getting over 20g before noon makes meeting that goal all the easier. Of course, there’s more to meeting your daily fiber goal than a sense of accomplishment. The fiber is what fills you up, revs metabolism and binds with fat and calories and ushers them out of the body. By starting your day with that much fiber, you set yourself up for weight management success.
PROVIDES AT LEAST 20g PROTEIN
With 2 scoops of F-Factor 20/20 Fiber/Protein powder, a 20/20 smoothie will also contain at least 20g of whey protein. Protein is essential for building new and maintaining lean muscle mass, so you can look lean and strong. Whey protein, specifically, is the most bioavailable form of protein, and research suggests that having a breakfast rich in whey protein can positively effect weight loss efforts.
KEEPS YOU FEELING FULL UNTIL LUNCH
Because a 20/20 smoothie contains 20g of fiber AND 20g of protein, having one for breakfast sets you up for successful weight management, and a more productive morning. Fiber and protein are the two nutrients that fill us up on the fewest amount of calories. Clinical evidence shows that fiber and protein have a high satiety benefit in calorie-controlled diets and in weight reduction. The combination of fiber and protein keeps you feeling full, for the longest period of time, on the fewest calories. Feeling full and satiated, you’ll be able to breeze through your morning without distractions of a rumbling tummy, and thus better able to focus on the important tasks you have ahead. From a weight management perspective, the fuller you feel after a meal, the less likely you’ll be to overeat at the next meal; and, therefore, the more likely you’ll be to lose weight.
The great thing about smoothies is you can really make them whatever flavor you want. Love berries? Add ’em. More of a citrus fan? Blend in an orange or grapefruit. Know you need to eat spinach but can’t stand the taste? Mask it with other fruits. You can make yours coffee flavored, pumpkin-spiced or minty-fresh just as easy. By switching up your add-ins you can have a different flavor smoothie every single day of the week if you want. Heck, you can have a different flavored smoothie every day for an entire month if you really want (though you may need to get creative).
THEY CAN PROVIDE JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF STRUCTURE YOU NEED
When it comes to weight management, routine and structure does wonders as it eliminates the the stress of meal planning and having to make decisions (which we all know can be a recipe for diet disaster if you try to do when already hungry!). Because the novelty of new tastes and textures, too much variety in the diet tends to encourages eating… and over eating, so there is logic that supports always eating the same few things. However, too narrow focus in your diet (ie having the same exact thing every single day) can backfire too. Too rigid of a diet inevitably leads to feelings of boredom and deprivation, which hinders weight loss success. Smoothies are in the sweet spot here. Having them as your go-to breakfast provides the structure and focus that can benefit you, but because you can switch up the ingredients there’s enough flexibility in your breakfast routine that minimize the risk of getting bored.
THEY’RE REFRESHING AND HYDRATING
We can’t say this one enough: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! From a weight management perspective, staying properly hydrated is important because the symptoms of dehydration mimic those of hunger, so we end up reaching for an unnecessary snack, when all we really needed was a 0 calorie glass of H2O. A breakfast smoothie, made with ice, has hydration built right in, and but you can make yours even more hydrating by adding water-rich fruits and vegetables. Cucumber, watermelon, celery, and strawberries are all examples of foods with high-water content that work well blended into smoothies.