Why They Are So Good For You
Introducing at least one green smoothie to your day can totally transform your health. Read on and find out how
The benefits of green smoothies can’t be brushed under the carpet anymore. It’s time for the world to wake up and take notice.
Introducing at least one green smoothie to your day can totally transform your health. Most people don’t get enough leafy greens, and drinking a green smoothie is a great way to get your greens without having to taste or chew them. As part of a healthy balanced diet you could get the following health benefits of green smoothies:
Significantly increase your consumption of raw vegetables and fruits
I don’t know about you but most people rarely consume enough vegetables. With drinking a green smoothie every day you consume 1-2 cups of leafy green vegetables and at least 2 cups of fruit. That brings you close to getting in 3-4 servings of fruits of vegetables before 10am.
Also, drinking green smoothies makes it very easy to get fruits and vegetables in without a lot of fussing around with a recipe. No need to cook, bake, or sauté. All you need to do is throw everything into a blender, add liquid, and in 2 minutes you have your smoothie ready to drink.
keep you hydrated, energized, and alert
Most of the time the only symptom people think of when they are dehydrated is being thirsty. However, other symptoms include feeling tired, sluggish, getting headaches, losing focus, and sometimes feeling hungry when you’re not.
Your physical and mental well-being is very connected to your hydration. After a few days of consistently consuming green smoothies, you will have so much more energy and clarity.
Life is always going to be busy. With kids, husband, a fulltime job, and a business, that is just the way life is. Drinking green smoothies will become essential in giving you the energy and stamina you need to get through your days.
Increase your daily nutrition
One green smoothie made with fruits, vegetables, and other power foods are packed with nutrition. Sometimes more nutrition than you would get all day eating 1500 – 2000 calories. And because a green smoothie is blended it is easy to add in power foods or additional ingredients without a lot of effort, making it a great way to increase your daily nutrition. For example, if you want to get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, you can throw in some chia or flax seeds. Want to experience the benefits of coconut oil? Add a tablespoon to your smoothie. You won’t even know it is there. Need more protein? Add in some peanut butter or greek yogurt. The possibilities are endless when making smoothies.
Also, one smoothie – depending on what you add – is only about 200 – 300 calories per serving. This means you are getting a lot of nutrition for very little calories. When your body is nourished, you will naturally feel more satisfied and healthy. So if you are struggling with balancing and/or increasing your nutrition, then green smoothies will do the trick.
naturally cleansing and detoxifying
Drinking green smoothies on a regular basis provides all the nutrients your body needs to naturally cleanse and detoxify.
A benefit that you will experience from the cleansing and detoxifying effects of green smoothies is clearer skin. When drinking green smoothies on a regular basis, your skin will be much more clearer and even develop a nice glow. Beauty starts on the inside and green smoothies definitely help with that.
Simple to make and portable
Eating healthier foods is always easier when they are simple to make and portable – especially for a busy working person. It takes you about 5 minutes to throw ingredients into a blender, blend, then transfer to a mason jar and bring with you.
Q: What leafy greens to use?
Leafy greens is what makes a green smoothie green. So, leafy greens are kind of an essential green smoothie ingredient. I use either kale or spinach in all of my green smoothie recipes. Mostly, because the taste is mild and I can purchase huge bags of them. However, you can use all different kinds of leafy greens in your green smoothie such as mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, parsley, romaine, and other lettuces.
Q: Do green smoothies taste gross?
Not at all! In fact, if it didn’t turn a green colour you probably would not even know there was kale or spinach in there. This may be different with a stronger green but with my smoothies all I can taste is fruit. If you are just starting out with greens smoothies then I recommend using a smaller amount of greens at first. Once you get used to it then add more. If it is too strong then next time add less.
Q: What kind of fruits should I use?
You can use any type of fruit in a green smoothie. Fruits like berries, pineapple, mango, and peaches will give a more smooth thicker consistency. Fruits like oranges, nectarines, grapes, and kiwi will be a bit more fibrous. You can still use these fruits but use them as an added fruit and not the main fruit.
Q: What kind of liquid should I use?
My favourite smoothie liquid to use is unsweetened coconut milk. I love the thickness and richness it brings to my green smoothie. It also has good fat in it, which helps to keep me full and satisfied longer. I have also used unsweetened almond milk. You can also use coconut water, rice milk, soy milk, or just plain water. Really any liquid would be fine. However, I would not use dairy milk because this inhibits the cleansing and detoxify benefits of a green smoothie.
Q: Should I use a sweetener?
The only sweetener I use in my green smoothies is the natural sweetness from the banana and maybe 1 or 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. I never ever add refined sugar to my green smoothies.
The amount of sweetness you need will depend on your personal taste along with the type of ingredients you are using.
Q: Should I use ice?
Personally I do not use ice because I always use frozen fruits. If you are using fresh fruits then you will probably need to use ice to get the consistency you want and for the smoothie to be cold. Some people don’t mind using ice but I find that adding ice causes the smoothie to be a bit watered down so I prefer to just use frozen fruits.
SOnDRA HOPEis a Qatar-based international certified fitness and health coach, specialising in personal, sports and child nutrition. She is the founder of HopeFit, which specialises in online and personal training and nutrition coaching. In her spare time, she also does motivational speaking, spends time with her other passion, Pixal8 Photography, as a professional photographer, and dabbles in painting and fine art.