I made a delicious smoothie for breakfast: 2oz heavy cream, 2oz almonds, 8oz whole milk, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries.
61g fat (21g saturated fat)
57g Carbs (35g sugar)
If I enjoy it all at once at 8am, it will easily last me till 12:30pm lunch.
If I only have half, I'll be hungry about 10:30am for a snack.
Is there any advantage to "eating small meals more frequently" (half at 8am, half at 10:30am)??
Or, am I increasing insulin levels TWICE, which sounds bad; therefore, having it all at once being better?
Is the 57g carbs (35g sugar) too much for a single meal?
There is a huge advantage to not drinking your food. If you ate those items for breakfast -- chewing and all -- instead of drinking them it is likely you would have higher satiety.
Summary: none of the above. Eat your food; drink water.
IMO since you are getting a clear insulin reaction, you'd be better off with something with far less carbs period. Normally I think the carb quantity question really depends on your status as far as metabolic syndrome, diabetes or overweight and that active, lean people can get away with a lot more.
However, definite insulin reactions to a big carb intake are an early warning sign even if you are currently lean. I started getting such bad reactions in my late teens/early 20s/30s that I would occasionally faint. During that whole time I was skinny as a rail, working outside full time and ate everything in sight without gaining an ounce. So I couldn't possibly have a carb problem right? Even after I went to take a glucose tolerance test (and passed out yet again) I was told I was in great shape due to leanness.
I also agree with the advice to eat rather than drink your calories. Shakes/smoothies etc seem to have some magical health aura around them that really is undeserved.