Anyone who knows me is aware that I love a good smoothie. Don't get me wrong; I also love the gustatory pleasure of solid meals. But I enjoy discovering ways to blend up bodybuilding shakes in order to consume meals that are muscle growth-promoting, time saving, and tasty.
My love of smoothies is likely rooted in my childhood. Once a week my mom would load us kids in the back of our station wagon and take us on a trek to McDonalds. In those days, the closest one to Yorba Linda, CA. (where we lived) was in the middle of Anaheim. We'd see the "golden arches" sticking up among orange groves (the reason for the name "Orange County") and I'd anticipate my meal-topping consumption of that thick, cold ice milk. I would sit in the back of that station wagon and make the cup of smoothie really last - savoring every gulp.
Thirty-five years later, my desire to 'McDonald-ize' (new word) my bodybuilding smoothies had me overdoing one of my favorite ingredients. It was that "good fats" olive oil. I subconsciously began reacting to the flavor and consistency enhancing benefits of the oil while adding it to the blender full of protein and frozen fruit ingredients. Within weeks, I more than doubled the quantity - to about 2 and ½ tablespoons.
What were the results of this bonanza of "good fats" in my system?
My waistline began covertly expanding like it belonged to a middle-aged fast food addict. I learned the hard way that "good fats" were as fattening as the artery clogging saturated type. After all, dietary fat contains 9 calories per gram - whether it's unsaturated or the kind from animals.
The reason I'm mentioning this is because I've seen another misleading headline. It's titled '9 Foods With Good Fats That Make You Thin.' The article goes on to list a half dozen or so foods containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The usual healthy entries are mentioned; almonds, salmon, avocados. While agreeing that these are the 'healthier' choice, I implore readers to reject the notion that they "make you thin".
Let me assure you - they can do quite the opposite. As I sit here writing this, I also recall my over-zealous attempt to get more Omega 3 fatty acids a few years ago. My belief that those "good fats" were completely innocuous had me slowly increasing my salmon consumption.
The result was similar to my smoothie experience. I had to wean myself off too much of the fish like I did the olive oil. My mini 'good fats' addiction got me again.