Fruit smoothies have taken a beating recently, with thoughts that commercial smoothies are packed full of sugars that can induce an insulin spike. That doesn’t mean all smoothies are out to get us though, far from it, and some smoothies were just born with little halos around their heads.
Take green smoothies for instance. These have tons of health benefits, and you can have all sorts of tasty things in there like lettuce, kale, spinach and lots of other goodies. If you are thinking that fruit should be left out, then think again.
Some fruits make great companions in a green smoothy:
The key thing is that fruit has a lot of natural sugar, so a smoothie should include more veg than fruit to balance that out a bit. Truly green and fruit mixed smoothies, are excellent for the body.
The actual quantity of vitamins will depend on the type and amount of fruit and veg that you put in there, but most items are packed with vitamins A & C. Avocados are also full of potassium and magnesium. If you aren’t fond of avocado, bananas also contain potassium.
Green means whole
Green smoothies contain everything, while juices have the pulp and fibre removed. Both of these are excellent for us, and most of us need more fibre. Of course, it’s important to choose the right blender and websites like Healthy but Smart by Elizabeth Martin can help with that.
Easier to get your kids to eat healthy
The taste of the vegetables is often overpowered by that of the fruit, so getting your whole family into a health kick could be much easier than you first thought.
These smoothies are quick and simple to make
The only thing you really need, aside from the fruit and veg, is a blender and a glass. At a push, you may want a pitcher too so you can store some in the fridge.
Excellent sources of energy
A green smoothy is going to provide you with all the energy you need. Fruits are very good for this, but only for short bursts of energy because of the high sugar content (sugar is metabolized quite quickly). However, when mixed with veggies the balance of sugar is more evenly spread.
Low in calories
These kinds of smoothies have a low calorie count, but because of the high water and fibre content they are also filling. If your goal is to shed a few pounds, replacing a meal with a veg/fruit smoothie is a great way to go about it.
Helping you stay hydrated, right through the day
Around 8 glasses of water a day is the recommended minimum, but many people don’t manage that for one reason or another. Simply adding a little more water to your smoothie can make all the difference in the world.
With all of the bad press that fruit smoothies have been getting recently, it’s good to know that you don’t have to abandon the smoothie altogether. The benefits of these kinds of mixed smoothies are too many to ignore, and can really kick start a new and healthy lifestyle.
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