Today I want to talk about smoothies.
Particularly, do you syn smoothies on Slimming World? I get asked this question a lot. So much in fact that if I do have a smoothie and post it to my Instagram I have to disclaimer my post. So that said, I wanted to discuss the question further in this post.
I nabbed this insert below directly off the Slimming World website.
“When you cook, puree or juice fruit, it makes it very easy to over-consume and is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra energy (calories) in a non-bulky and non-filling way, which doesn’t satisfy your appetite in the same way as eating fresh whole/sliced fruit. For this reason, fruit that isn’t in it’s natural form does have a Syn value.”
So the consensus in a nutshell is that it’s easier to consume more calories so you should go ahead and syn smoothies.
So why do I choose not to syn smoothies? Simply put I don’t think it’s worth it. I have a one once a day, at lunchtime. To make it, I use one banana, one apple, a handful of frozen fruit, a spoon of fat free yogurt, a handful of spinach or kale and some water. I don’t syn it because I know I am not overeating and I consider fruit a healthy free option. It’s personal preference. (Let’s not get started on 10 syns for an avocado either!)
So what are the syns for a smoothie I hear you asking?
Syns online doesn’t offer much by way of ‘homemade smoothie’ in the search, so here are some results I got;
- Smoothies Red Berry (100ml) – 2.5 syns.
- Yellow fruit smoothies (100ml) – 3 syns
- Smoothies Green vegetables (100ml) – 1 syn
Obviously shop made smoothies are full of sugar and can vary from 6 syns to 13 syns. So a homemade smoothie is extremely worth it even if you do choose to syn them.
The most common misconception I have heard (quite a few times too) is that a smoothie is UNHEALTHY because they cost syns on Slimming World. This is not the case, fruit is not unhealthy.
Just because something has a syn value does not mean you should avoid it. If you could have an avocado for 10 syns or a chocolate bar for the same, would it make it the same rate of healthy because it has the same value? Nope. The avocado is clearly the healthier balanced option.
So anyway, that’s my two cents worth, I hope this has helped answer some questions you may have on smoothies, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.
Toodles for now.