I’m known for my pet peeves. I’m a naturally pessimistic person (sorry, it’s true) and my friends will tell you that I repeatedly text them during class whenever a kid does something annoying. Some of my biggest pet peeves include: people who don’t use proper grammar when texting, people who change the music every three seconds, and people who take my food without asking.
Recently, I’ve developed a new pet peeve that tops all of those, and it needs to be addressed. All over Instagram and in the food blogging world, this new “fruit-less” smoothies trend is going around, and frankly, I’m sick of it. People claim that this trend is good because it’s cutting out sugar and preventing a mid-day sugar crash. As Alexis said (and Emilie as well), having a fruitless smoothie is like drinking cold vegetable soup. I would like to address a few things:
- Those sugar crashes people talk about when it comes to smoothies are due to eating a smoothie with six bananas and no healthy fats or protein. Adding 1-1 ½ bananas in a smoothie is GOOD. Bananas provide your body with an immediate boost of energy, and if you’re having a smoothie after a workout, bananas restore the electrolyte balance in your body.
- Fruit is not the enemy. I repeat- fruit is NOT the enemy! Why is our society so into replacing bananas with cauliflower and blueberries with spinach? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting extra vegetables in- I do it myself! I add cauliflower to my oats, spinach to my smoothies, etc, but I ALWAYS make sure to incorporate more filling, sustainable carbs into the meal.
- Let’s be honest- a bowl of brown rice tastes way better then a bowl of cauliflower rice.
This rant isn’t just about vegetable smoothies. For months, I’ve been seeing people replace rice with cauliflower rice, oats with cauliflower oats, pasta with zoodles, and my personal favorite- CHIPS WITH BELL PEPPER FOR NACHOS. I’m sorry- what? If I’m going to a party, the last thing I’d want to see is bell pepper nachos- give me all the chips and carbs, please.
Vegetables are great. I’m happy people are trying to incorporate them into their diets more, and I support it. I like cauliflower rice, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE rice. I love bell peppers, but please, you really think replacing the actual chip with bell pepper has the same satisfying taste? I’m all about eating healthy (as you can see by the blog) and I’m all for nutrients, but sometimes, ya just need some damn nachos.
Our society is obsessed with cutting carbs, and every diet seems to be based on that. You know the Atkins diet, right? The one where you cut out carbs, only eat vegetables, proteins, and fats, and lose 30 pounds? It’s full of bullshit.
The Atkins diet was created to help people lose weight, yet it has terrible side effects. I have a close family friend that died of a heart attack at age 40 three weeks after completing his second round of the diet. He was healthy, extremely active, happy and had no history of heart problems in his family. Yet, he dropped dead one day while mowing the lawn.
His death isn’t because mowing the lawn is a dangerous and rigorous task; he dropped dead because he cut out our bodies main source of energy, carbs, for months at a time, leaving the body undernourished and looking for answers.
Carbs are our body’s main source of energy. Whether you consume a simple carb, like a piece of fruit, or a complex carb, like oatmeal, our bodies break them down into monosaccharides and these molecules go to the liver to refill energy stores. Without this, we could suffer from liver failure and numerous other diseases.
If you’re not a scientific person, I feel ya. I just had to look everything up and didn’t even bother to try and understand what the heck everything meant. So, I’ll keep it simple for ya: carbs are our body’s primary source of immediate energy. Whether it’s a piece of candy or a bowl of oatmeal, they’re broken down the same and provide immediate energy.
It feels like every diet out there is cutting out carbs left and right. First it’s potatoes and bread, then it’s bananas and apples. Why though? Why do we fear carbs so much? After all, we would DIE without them.
Thousands of people THRIVE off a higher carb diet, and are doing just fine. Carbs are the last thing you should be cutting out! I always talk about my love for carbs, and I mean it. I love carbs because they give me energy, make me feel good, help leave me satisfied, and come in all shapes and sizes. I love some hearty sweet potatoes with beans, but I also love a warm chocolate chip cookie.
I know that people will be mad at me for posting this, and I’ll probably get some hate for it. Ya know what? I don’t care. I believe in living a balanced, healthy, nourishing lifestyle that includes lots of fruit and complex carbs. I also believe in nachos and pasta, and while I love my zoodles, nothing will ever beat a bowl of warm, cozy pasta.
Never Miss a Recipe!
Subscribe for recipe updates, bonus content, and more goods!