Smoothies are another one of those foods that have been touted by conventional wisdom as being healthy. They tend to be low-fat and an excellent way to get your 2-3 servings of fruit every day. If you’ve been living the Paleo lifestyle for a while, you may have developed the reaction of running as far and as fast as you can away from whatever conventional wisdom tells you to do. Should that go for smoothies as well?
Homemade Is Always Better
Not necessarily. Yes, anything you can buy premade at a restaurant or ice cream shop should probably be avoided. More likely than not, it has tons of added sugar, which you should always steer clear of. We also know that fruit is high enough in sugar that most of us probably don’t need more than one serving a day (if that, depending on your tolerance/preference for carbs).
Keep the Fiber
That being said, whole fruit does have a number of health benefits, including fiber, to mitigate the spike in blood sugar, and antioxidants and polyphenols to help keep inflammation low and boost immune function. If grabbing a homemade smoothie on the way out the door is the only way to get the benefits of whole fruits, by all means, go for it. Unlike fruit juice, the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all remain intact in the process of making your smoothie. To make your snack into a meal, just add fat in the form of full-fat coconut milk, coconut cream, or Greek yogurt. If you need ideas for making your own Paleo smoothie, you can find some here.
Even Dr. Cordain admitted fruit smoothies have some health benefits.