Certainly this has been discussed before, so please forgive me if this is repetitive. I also hope I have posted this subject in the right place. If not, please forgive me for that one too.
I have great difficulty ingesting solids in the morning; I have little desire to eat. In fact, on the weekends it's not unusual for me to forgo both breakfast and lunch as I don't normally get hungry until the evening.
For the past two years I have forced myself to make smoothies in the morning, not because I am hungry, but I desire the nutrition. Herein lies an issue. I have read a number of conflicting articles about smoothies. I have read that there is a great amount of sugar in them but I am unsure if this is reasonable. Regardless of when or how one consumes fruits, shouldn't we be eating them?
I use rice milk, a few strawberries, a handful of blueberries, a handful of cranberries, some raspberries (at times), and some cherries as well as a small amount of spinach and/or celery. I throw in a banana and finish it off with soy protien powder.
Okay, reading the above sounds like a lot but I teach and have little time to eat anything during the day with the exception of lunch when I will have half of a PBJ on wheat, a V-8, cranberry juice, and grapes. I don't eat meat, by the way.
I jog and cycle often and am pretty lean. For the past two years my doctor has been amazed by my bloodwork. According to him it's excellent. What's more - he claims that I should live forever (he's kidding of course). This leads me to believe that my smoothies can't be all that bad.
Now that I've given as much detail as I think prudent, I have to ask: is my smoothie routine beneficial or not? I'm not adding any sweetener, just what's contained naturally within the fruits.
Thanks for your time and consideration.