When it comes to health benefits, smoothies are a much better option than juicing. They are both beneficial but smoothies triumphs over juicing when it comes down to the nutrients, weight loss, and digestion categories. Besides the scrumptious taste, smoothies are packed with so many nutrients. For me, drinking a smoothie is like throwing a party for my taste buds. (LOL) This thick, creamy, rich beverage is versatile and can be modified for any taste and dietary preference. Smoothies are a godsend because they can be consumed as a tasty nutritional treat or even better…. a meal replacement.
There are countless options when making smoothies. And these flavorsome concoctions are effortless to make. The three major parts of the smoothie are broken down into:
- Base liquid (e.g., water, milk products, coconut water, yogurt)
- Fruits and/or vegetables (e.g., bananas, kiwi, mango, broccoli, kale, spinach)
- Other add-ins (e.g., protein powders, spices, syrups, nuts)
Once you have gathered your favorite ingredients, combine them in a blender and mix until creamy. In blending raw ingredients, none of the nutrients are lost. Sadly, cooking destroys many of the nutrients found in vegetables. Just two cups of blended fruits and vegetables via a smoothie is sufficient in meeting the daily recommended servings. If you’re not eating enough fruits and veggies, then grab a smoothie because it’s sure to help in that department. For my salad-haters, by having a veggie smooth as often as possible, you’ll be doing your body a world of GOOD. (As for me, I get excited when I see a plate of greens.) Just think. You can cram a whole day’s worth of goodness in just one delicious smoothie drink.
Smoothies are loaded with nutrients that the body can immediately absorb because the fruits and vegetables are in liquid form. This liquid form makes it so easy on the digestive system to break down the plant cell wall as opposed to eating solid foods. The importance of breaking down plant cell walls is to allow the chemicals inside the cell walls to mix and create numerous chemical reactions necessary to fight certain diseases.
One of the best things you can do for your immune system is eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Well, in this case, preparing a smoothie will get the job done, also. By selecting certain ingredients for your smoothies, you can boost your immune system. Here are six awesome ingredients to ward off the little sniffles or the flu: citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, leafy greens, apples, and ginger. Hitting your immune system with a boost of Vitamin C will help clear out any colds or flu. Besides building up your immune system, these ingredients will give you natural energy for the entire day.
Body detoxification process involves cleansing the blood and nourishing the body from the inside out. As the body eliminates toxins through the various systems, the detoxifying process helps protects against diseases. When drinking a smoothie, you are replacing processed foods with healthy ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and other add-ins with great nutrients. Such ingredients will aid in restoring body organs to a better state.
It’s been said that dark fruits and veggies contain high level of antioxidants to protect brain cells. Healthy foods and staying hydrated is the key to having your brain in tip-top condition. You can start the day off with a sharper mind by having a smoothie as a breakfast substitute. Ingredients like kale and spinach are filled with memory-boosting vitamins and minerals. And the protein in almonds helps with focus so you won’t be easily distracted at school or work.
Smoothies can be a part of your strategy for weight loss. Keyword is “part“. Not one single thing can make you lose weight because you must take into consideration other factors when on the road to weight loss. But by incorporating a nutrient-packed smoothie into your diet, you will feel full longer which can help curb the vendor machine cravings. Powerhouse ingredients that triggers fat burn are green tea, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, coconut oil, and cinnamon… just to name a few. Healthy fats like nut butters and avocado will help slow digestion. With the right blend of weight loss foods, a smoothie can decrease body fat.
Besides these benefits, there are a lot of other hearty perks for enjoying a delicious cool smoothie. Smoothies are naturally low in calories, low in sugar, and high in nutrients. But be on guard because not all smoothies are created equal. Many commercially prepared smoothies are high in sugars. As a result, this will reduce the drink’s overall nutritional value. When blending at home, have fun trying out different combinations. Pick a smoothie recipe, start the blender, and sip slowly for enjoyment!