Wondering: what to eat with a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
In this day and age, people are becoming busier than several decades ago. We live in an “infinite world” where incoming emails, meetings, and access to information are easily accessible via the internet.
Most adults now feel overwhelmed, and time is more precious than ever. This, in turn, leads to bad dietary habits, where fast-food and instant meals are the go-to cuisines. This is why sometimes we need simple, easy to prepare meals that are still nutritious and tasty.
And that’s why smoothies exist; because we can easily substitute our sit-down meals with a ready-to-drink smoothie.
So, what to eat with a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? This depends on your objectives – weight loss, weight management, or muscle building. For weight loss and management, you should practice the king-prince-pauper diet by consuming smoothies with higher calories earlier in the day and smaller calories at night. On the other hand, it’s recommended that you consume your meal with higher calories at night for dinner for muscle building.
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How can we design our smoothie diet according to this rule? Read on, and we’ll show you how you can start planning your breakfast, lunch, and dinner smoothies.
Why do we need to plan our meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? This is all due to something that’s called nutrient timing.
Nutrient timing is eating the correct amount of macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat, and protein) at the right time. Studies have found that maintaining a healthy weight when you have a normal energy exertion is by eating bigger meals during lunch and fewer calories at night. This is because our bodies are resting at night and not consuming any calories; thus, any extra calories consumed at night will be stored as energy and fat in your body.
On the other hand, if your objective is muscle building, you need a higher caloric intake at night, on the condition that you exercise and build muscles regularly. This is because as you sleep at night, the nutrients you’ve consumed will restore and repair damages done throughout the day due to exercising, and that’s how the muscles are gained.
Now that’s out of the way, go ahead and decide your objective (muscle gain or weight loss/management) and let’s create a plan for what to eat with your smoothies in each meal!
What to eat with a smoothie for breakfast
Let’s begin with what everyone says is the most important meal of the day: breakfast. You must consume the right nutrients during breakfast as it sets the whole tone for the day. Believe it or not, those who start healthy will tend to want to keep eating healthy meals throughout the day.
Here’s a great plan for your pairing of snack and smoothie for breakfast:
- Peanut butter and bananas
- Scrambled or boiled eggs
- Green smoothies.
This meal plan is suitable for both muscle building and weight management. Because the protein in peanut butter and eggs will aid in muscle retention, and the fats in peanut butter and eggs will keep you satiated for lunch. Swap regular eggs with the ones that have higher omega-3 content for a brain boost throughout the day.
What to eat with a smoothie for lunch
Another crucial meal-time. Lunch is usually where you start to feel the slump of energy as you go along your day. It would be best to keep your energy level in check because afternoons are usually the most fruitful activities – like meetings and discussions.
Here’s a great plan for your pairing of snack and smoothie for lunch-time:
- Deli roll-ups
- Peanuts and cranberries
- Mixed berries smoothies
During lunchtime, you need quick pick-me-up ingredients to freshen up your tired nerves and keep you going. That’s why a quick burst of energy with peanuts and deli roll-ups can help you. The cranberries and mixed berries smoothies are great for increasing your concentration level. Do you know how you start to get sleepy mid-day and just let your mind wander off senselessly? Say goodbye to unproductive moments as you sip your smoothies!
What to eat with a smoothie for dinner
Dinner is when there needs to be a difference in your meal plan: either you go for weight management or muscle building. As we’ve mentioned before, if you aim to manage your weight, this is when you want to limit your caloric intake. If you aim to build muscle, you are allowed to consume higher calories during dinnertime.
Here’s a great plan for your pairing of snack and smoothie for dinner-time:
- Edamame (for weight management) or chicken breast (for muscle building)
- Coconut, almond, and ginger smoothie
Notice that we gave you the plant-based option for weight management and animal-based protein for muscle building. The edamame will give you enough protein without sacrificing too many calories, while chicken breast will give you enough protein and more calories for muscle building. The coconut, almond, and ginger smoothies will fill you up and contains gingerol that warms you up whilst relaxing the digestive system until morning.
That was our recommendation for what to eat with your smoothies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Remember always to keep your meals balanced – paying close attention to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein to avoid malnutrition. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.