I know, you WANT a smoothie, right? Which is why you came here looking for the Whole30 smoothie rules! I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the bad news.
Whole30 Smoothies are not recommended. Read the official Whole smoothie rules below.
The Whole30’s official stance on smoothies is: “We’d rather you didn’t.”
To further explain the Whole30 smoothie rules, from my very favorite Whole30 book, The Whole30: “This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally using lots of fruit) are technically compliant on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against them. Food that you drink sends a different satiety signal to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that you’ve eaten – and you get hungry again fast, even though you just ingested plenty of calories (mostly in the form of sugar). Plus, as they are generally fruit-heavy, a breakfast smoothie sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, eat your food and skip the smoothie, especially for breakfast.” p. 72
The above statement pretty much sums up the Whole30 smoothie rules, BUT I want to go even more in depth into the why below, mostly from the Whole30’s book on the Science behind the Whole30 called It Starts with Food.
Protein shakes, or smoothies made in a particular way and in certain circumstances are ok… Read on, my friend.
Ok, so knowing the above, you’re still wondering if you can have a smoothie, right?
We’re trying to base this smoothie off of the Whole30 Meal Template as much as possible! How much you need of each of these items is determined by your use (especially if you’re fueling / recovering from exercise). Play around with these options and find something that works for you! Blend and enjoy!