Green smoothies seem to be everywhere nowadays. They have been the rage for a while now, and they continue to make an impact on the health industry. From celebrities’ fitness trainers to talk shows and diet gurus. Male to female, young to old, everyone is talking about and drinking this green elixir. Every morning, Monday through Friday after my morning gym session, I make a green smoothie. The ingredients vary from day to day so that I avoid getting bored quickly with the green smoothie. Sometimes I use apples, pineapples, strawberries and other days I use bananas and oranges.
On days that I feel very adventurous, I use cabbage (Yes! and it tastes great), beets and wild blueberries, It will still be a green smoothie because I then add a handful of greens. My go-to leafy green is spinach and its because of these two reasons: It is one of the cheapest dark, leafy greens on the market. And, it’s also easy to find and to blend (versus the thick, tough stalks of kale which aren’t always gentle on my blender’s blades) but I do like to experiment and so I sometimes use Kale, which I remove the stalks and cut a bit before blending.
If Kale is your chosen leafy green, put it in the blender with a bit of water and puree/blend, this will result in you having creamy smoothies and that way you won’t taste much of the kale when you drink your smoothie with the rest of your ingredients.
Before 8 a.m, you can get your entire recommended serving of fruits and veggies before the day even starts. But of course, like many things even good things can be portrayed in a negative light. Excess of anything can be harmful to health. So if you think that consuming too much healthy food is going to do a lot of good to your body, think again. Nutritionists recommend adding leafy vegetables to your diet but consuming one particular leafy vegetable in excess may not just get boring for your taste buds but it can have some serious side effects on your health too.
Reasons You Should Drink Green Smoothies.
According to research from Medical News, by Megan Ware, RDN, LD Spinach is a rich source of iron, fiber, and other minerals. However, eating too much of it can affect your health in several ways. If someone is taking blood-thinners, it is important that they do not suddenly begin to change the amount of food they eat containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting. Consuming too much potassium can be harmful to those whose kidneys are not fully functional. If the kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal. It is important that people with kidney problems do not consume dangerous levels of potassium. Spinach is best consumed as part of a well-rounded, nutritious diet. So switching up your greens is a great idea.
They’re fast, easy, and affordable.
You can make a green smoothie in less than five minutes, and doing so is really easy. In fact, after you start making them, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. They are budget-friendly and If you already have a blender, you don’t need to buy any equipment. All you need is fresh fruits, leafy greens, and water. Throw the ingredients in the blender (blend fruits and water first, then greens) and a minute later, you’ll be drinking your first green smoothie. Easy peasy!
Save your money and a trip to the Dr
Green smoothies give you a boost of nutrients for a stronger immune system. By increasing your intake of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, you reduce your risk of disease naturally. Staying healthy means fewer visits to the doctor’s office and less money spent on medical bills. Many people who have been drinking green smoothies for a few years can’t even remember the last time they were sick!
According to Dr Izabella Wentz Pharma D green smoothies help with thyroids. The green smoothie is packed with nutrition for your thyroid, helps to reduce inflammation and can help with detoxification.
They help you shed weight and keep it off.
One of the main reasons green smoothies are so popular is because they really work. When you start eating more fiber and reduce your sugar cravings, you naturally fade out the bad foods. As the body gets the nutrients it needs, you have more energy to exercise and get fit. Combine those perks, and you can finally lose that extra weight. Stick to a routine of at least one green smoothie a day, and you’ll keep it off, too. Getting excited?yeah me too!
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A natural facelift
The fastest way to clear and ageless skin is to eat your way there. The natural antioxidants in fresh fruits and greens help repair and renew cells, and the first place it shows is on your skin. Green smoothies increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids with extra flaxseed or chia seeds, and they give you a natural detox from the added fiber. The extra fluids help hydrate your skin and reduce wrinkles.
If you’re running around trying to keep up with a busy schedule every day, then take a green smoothie with you to stay healthy while on the go. Kept chilled and sealed, green smoothies stay fresh for up to two days. You can make your smoothie the night before work or school, store it in the fridge, and grab it just before running out the door in the morning.
Green smoothies are a great way to get my daily recommended serving of fruits and veggies. I have difficulty eating enough throughout the day, but can easily consume them as a smoothie. But it’s not the only thing I consume. I may start my day with a green smoothie, but as the day goes by I’m covering much more variety. I have two boiled eggs or oatmeal, a tuna salad for lunch, and quinoa pasta with tomato and mushroom for dinner. The key here is balance. A green smoothie is definitely nutritious, but a diet consisting of only green smoothies (or any single food) isn’t healthy. You have to balance it out with whole grains, heart-healthy fats, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables. So go forth and rock that green smoothie! Just don’t overdo it with one leafy green, switch it up and make things interesting.