Are you hesitant to give smoothies a go because you feel you won’t be completely satisfied with drinking your food–and maybe you just prefer chewing your food?
I completely understand the need for chewing. After all, we’ve been wired to chew food to obtain nutrients and calories which are used to fuel our bodies.
Chewing is important because it stimulates digestive enzymes, which are essential in breaking down food therefore allowing us to process and absorb nutrients. In addition, chewing plays a significant role in oral health.
In my early smoothie days I felt that I was missing an important part of what consuming food is all about – chewing. So, I began to add different crunchy/chewy foods into my smoothie after blending to create a smoothie that I could sip on and chew through at the same time.
Not only has this little hack made smoothies more filling and satisfying for me, but it has also allowed me to add more nutrients into my already nutrient-packed smoothie.
So, before you write-off smoothies completely, I highly recommend trying this …
After blending your smoothie, stir in 1-2 tbsp. of the following:
- Cacao nibs
- Crushed or whole raw nuts
- Raw or sprouted seeds (try pumpkin and sunflower)
- Unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
- Soaked tiger nuts
- Pomegranate seeds
- Goji berries
- Bee pollen
- Fresh berries or sliced banana
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Go wild and mix 2 or more of these crunchy and chewy foods into your smoothie.
Even if you’re completely satisfied with the current way you prepare your daily smoothie, I still recommend giving this smoothie hack a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy some chew/crunch to your smoothie.
Would love to hear about the crunchy and/or chewy foods you add to your smoothie after blending. Share in the comment section below.