Remember when all you saw on social media were smoothies packed with bananas, dates, pears, mangoes—and maybe a pinch of spinach? Those days are long gone if you carefully examine the feeds of food bloggers and influencers in the holistic living realm. Now smoothies are full of almond butter, kale, chlorophyll, turmeric and adaptogens. But why the shift?
Why Low-Sugar Meals are Trending on Social
Knowledge. Yep, as more info about the possible impact of sugar on our health (many cite side effects like brain fog, decreased energy and slower metabolism) bubbles up, more dietitians and nutritionists are banging the low-sugar drum.
Influencers with ties to alternative and functional medicine are leading the charge, and hoping that this 2017 trend will stick around a lot longer than, say, a Vine (remember those?). Part of the reason is the way sugar can trigger inflammation in the body. Low-grade, long-term inflammation is linked to lots of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and even depression.
And sugar is lurking in everything from ketchup, yogurt and soups to processed, refined grains, which your body treats like sugar as it breaks them down. So we're pushing the limits of what our bodies can truly cope with when we're not totally paying attention.
Now, that doesn't mean you have to cut sugar (especially fruit) out entirely. It's more about awareness and making sure that you're rounding out your sugar intake with whole foods.
Add These to Your Smoothie In Place of Fruit
- Frozen cauliflower, zucchini or peas: You'll get that creamy consistency that frozen fruit produces, with lots of nutrient-dense goodness.
- Avocado: Swap half an avocado for half a banana for a boost of healthy fat that'll help keep you fuller longer.
- Almond butter: Another way to get a creamy consistency with a little extra nutty boost.
Are you ready to jump on this long-term, low-sugar bandwagon? We're thinking anything is worth a healthy shot!