Smoothie FAQ

Q1: What is the nutritional value of these smoothies?

A: When using the formula provided, each smoothie will provide you with roughly 320-400 calories.

Macro-nutrient breakdown:
Protein – 25-31g
Fat – 13-15g
Carbohydrates – 28-45g

Micro-nutrients – vitamins and minerals – will be dependent on ingredients used, but rest-assured these smoothies are filled with plenty of vitamins and minerals regardless of which ingredients you choose to blend.

Note: the above numbers are dependent on ingredients used (ex., bananas contain more carbohydrates and calories than berries; spinach is higher in protein than other greens; avocado contains more carbohydrate and fiber than coconut oil, but total calories are the same).

Q2: Should I modify the smoothie formula if: I’m a male; I have a physically active job; I workout, weight train, do cardio training, do yoga or play sport; I need to eat more calories for health reasons; I feel hungry soon after drinking my smoothie?

A: Yes to all of the above. These situations will require you in increase your caloric intake. Here’s how to modify the formula for the above situations:

1. Add ½ a serving extra (or more) of protein powder (eg., ½ a scoop for PurePaleo Protein and 1 full scoop for Collagen Peptides).
2. Add more healthy fat – instead of just ½ an avocado, add a full avocado OR add one extra tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also combine the two (1/2 avocado + 1 tbsp. coconut oil)

Note: you can try both at the same time which will increase the smoothie by roughly 100-110 calories OR try one of the above which will increase the smoothie by 50-60 calories.

Q3: I’m getting chunks of greens and/or fruit in my smoothies – what do I do?

A: Try blending water and greens first for 30 seconds. You can then add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend for another 30. Adding extra water may help as well.  If these tips don’t solve the problem, it may be time for a new blender.

Q4: My smoothies aren’t sweet enough for my taste buds – what do I do?

A: A few options here (try one or more):

  1. Add 1/4 cup extra fruit
  2. Use fruits that are higher in sugar like bananas, mangoes, and pineapple since they will sweeten your smoothie more than other fruits like berries.
  3. Add a pinch of stevia – for a smoothie that is lower in sugar.

Q5: My smoothies are too bitter tasting – what do I do?

A: A few options here (try one or more):

  1. Use frozen greens since fresh greens – especially kale and broccoli – can cause your smoothie to taste very bitter due to high sulfur content in these vegetables.
  2. Use PurePaleo Protein powder (if you’re not already) since these powders do a great job of balancing out the bitterness of greens.
  3. Add 1/4 cup extra fruit.

Q6: My smoothies are too sweet – what do I do?

A: A few options here (try one or more):

  1. Use Collagen Peptides since this protein powder is unsweetened. If you want to use PurePaleo Protein because you enjoy the flavours, then cut the serving in half and add 1 full scoop of Collagen Peptides (ex., 1/2 scoop PurePaleo Protein + 1 scoop Collagen Peptides)
  2. Use less fruit or don’t use any fruit at all.
  3. Use fruits that are lower in sugar like berries and avoid high-sugar fruits like bananas, mangoes and pineapple.

Q7: My smoothies are too runny – what do I do?

A: Two options here:

  1. Use less water (you may have to shake or mix ingredients around a couple of times during blending. Be sure to stop the blender first before doing so).
  2. Add avocado since it will naturally thicken your smoothie.

Q8: My smoothies are too thick – what do I do?

A: Two options here:

  1. Use more water (add a little bit at a time to avoid a super runny smoothie).
  2. Use coconut oil instead of avocado (or do a combo of the two – ex., 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil + 1/4 avocado)

Q9: Do I have to follow the exact recipes or can I switch out ingredients?

A: The recipes provided are there to get your creative juices flowing and help those who prefer to follow recipes. I have also provided you with a build-your-own-smoothie formula that allows you to create recipes that tickle your taste buds. It’s rather simple actually, if you don’t like the taste of one thing then you can replace it with another OR if you’re allergic or sensitive to certain foods then just swap it for another food that works for you. The possibilities are endless with this challenge, so have fun and get creative!

Q10: How do I store left-over smoothies?

A: Store any left-over smoothie in a sealed cup or mason jar in a refrigerator. I suggest consuming it within the day.

Q11: I get hungry soon after drinking my smoothie – what do I do?

A: See Q2 above

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