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The Health Benefits of Smoothies
Smoothies are thick shake type drinks filled mainly with fruit or vegetables and other nutrient dense ingredients. They make wonderful options for a meal or a snack when made with natural items. All you need is a good blender to blend your smoothie and you’re on the way to a healthy diet. Let’s have a look at some of the health benefits of smoothies.
Natural Weight Loss
Drinking a smoothie is the best thing you can do to lose weight. Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself.
Good Smoothies Are Nutrient-Dense & Contain Fat
The best smoothies are made with natural, all real, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide vitamins and oils necessary for good more complete nutrition. Fat is required for biological functions and is burned by your body for energy. A truly healthy smoothie should have some dietary fat for the body to use in assimilating the vitamins. Simply blending a banana with ice and skim milk does provide a great deal of benefits or nutrients.
Increased Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables (Particularly Greens)
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them. The fruit masks the flavor so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a healthy dose of spinach, carrots, tomatoes and any other vegetable that you put in.
Smoothies Help Keep You Hydrated
A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated for the day, something soda and coffee won’t do. Since your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated, you won’t have to drink water when you’re sipping on a smoothie (especially a homemade one without sugar). Milk and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy-based, you’ll quench your thirst. In hot weather, add some ice cubes to the blender for extra water.
Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.
Easy Digestibility and Nutrient Assimilation
Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could. Smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad, especially when you are on the go.
Healthy Smoothies Are Simple to Make
When you have a good blender and easily accessible, quality ingredients, making a delicious, healthy smoothies is a snap. Start with 250-500 ml of Almond milk, yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit. Most fruits are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals adding a power boost to your day. Certain combinations are quite tropical and make a great summer treat. Other excellent ingredient choices are raw Omega-3 egg yolks, extra virgin coconut oil, shredded coconut & pure vanilla extract.
Smoothies Make a Healthy Breakfast
A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent choice for the breakfast on-the-go. You can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work, school or just in your home office. Drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty carbohydrates like donuts and removes the temptation of the drive through. If you have trouble taking cod liver oil by itself, add a teaspoon to your smoothie. You’ll never notice a difference in taste and you’ll add a great dose of essential fatty acids as well as vitamins to your nutritious morning meal. In fact, a smoothie made this way packs more usable nutrition than most multivitamins.
Better Than Multi-Vitamins
Despite what most people may think, daily “multi-vitamins” aren’t even regulated by the FDA and are not demonstrably proven to have significant health benefits, and few have been shown conclusively effective. The bottom line, the best way to get nutrition is from food, and consuming a healthful smoothie every day gives you most of your nutrition in one proven, delicious dosage.
Increased Fibre Intake
Unlike fruit juice or using a juicer, green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all the fibre and nutrition. Fibre is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order.