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Does the same meal become more fattening when consumed as a smoothie instead of in whole form?

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 4:23 AM
Created May 22, 2014 at 12:59 AM

If I'm not in the mood to cook a meal after an evening workout, I sometimes make a big smoothie instead. The typical ingredients are something like:

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 raw eggs
  • A couple big handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 0.5-1 cups of full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 0.5 cups frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • 4 oz water or kombucha to help blend
  • 1-2 oz coconut milk (optional)
  • 1 square 85% dark chocolate (optional)
  • 1 scoop Paleo Pro protein powder (optional)

Nutritionally and calorically, this is similar to what I might have for dinner, apart from the lack of meat. Is there any reason to think that drinking this smoothie as a dinner replacement a couple times a week might promote fat gain in a way that it wouldn't if I ate each ingredient in whole form?

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2303 ยท May 22, 2014 at 1:31 AM

You might not get the same satisfaction or satiation level that you would get if you sat down and chewed your food, but really it's the overall calories that will determine whether or not you put on weight. I personally find that if I try to have a smoothie to replace a regular meal, I get hungry a short time later. Perhaps it is an insulin response that could be blunted with the help of more fats added...

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