GREEN SMOOTHIE HEALTH BENEFITS
1 . Natural Weight Loss
Drinking a green smoothie is the one of the best things 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. After drinking green smoothies for a few weeks, I noticed I actually began craving healthy food options.
2 . Increased Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables (Particularly Greens)
The Canadian 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.
3 . 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. I love that I can always take my breakfast on the road
4 . Antioxidants
Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. 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.
5 . Increased Energy
Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without dragging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion system it will help with nutrient absorption, thus you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.
6. Mental Clarity and Focus
With a healthier diet comes greater mental clarity and focus. I have experienced greater alertness, energy, dramatically reduced anxiety, and nervousness that I used to deal with on a daily basis since switching my daily breakfast.
7. Increased Fiber Intake
Unlike fruit juice or using a juicer, green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you receive all the fiber and nutrition. Fiber is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order. Women with “Pear” shapes are more likely to see wight loss improvements by adding fiber to their diet, so says Dr. Oz.
8. Clearer Skin
Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin. We both have seen vast improvements in our skin!
9. Rich With Chlorophyll
Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health professionals say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.
Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance within the body. Acid-producing foods (as well as eating too much protein) can raise the PH level of the blood, which can cause your body to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize it, which increases your risk for osteoporosis.
In addition to these health benefits, green smoothies are:
- Easy to make and clean up after.
- Taste super yummy.
- Will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge and very easy to freeze (just don’t use glass when freezing!).
- Are fun to make and experiment with different fruits and vegetable combinations.