Scared of green smoothies? Don’t be! These tasty and nutritious drinks have some truly amazing health benefits.
For anyone who has never made a healthy drink, green smoothies can look very daunting. When most people think of what goes into a smoothie they think fruit, not weird-looking green stuff… But actually, the combination of spinach, kale, lettuce and collard greens with just the right amount of delicious fruits like apples, pears, mangoes and avocados can make this drink taste amazing – and it has tons more health benefits than just a plain fruit smoothie.
Consider the many benefits your body can get from a green smoothie, its appearance might not matter as much. After all, your body deserves the healthiest and the best. It’s the only one you’ve got, so taking care of it is important.
Still hesitant to gulp a tall glass of green smoothie? The benefits below might convince you otherwise.
Aside From Health Benefits, Green Smoothies Are Convenient and Affordable
With all the fruits and vegetables that can go into a single serving of green smoothie, it almost goes without saying how nutritious this drink is. However, besides just being good for the body, a green smoothie is also a convenient meal option.
How often have you woke up late and as a result didn’t a lot of time to grab breakfast? With just a blender and your smoothie ingredients prepped the night before, you have a well-balanced meal you can drink during your morning commute.
Hit Your Daily Serving of Fruits and Vegetables in One Sitting
The daily recommended amount for fruits and vegetables is 7-10 portions daily – which sounds a bit extreme – even for health nuts like me! If this seems difficult, green smoothies can help a lot. By blending up a bunch of fruits and veggies into a green smoothie, you can get several servings all in just one cup!
1.) Stay Full Longer and Lose Weight
Green smoothies have the ability to make you feel fuller for longer, since they are packed with vitamins and minerals. This means they can help with weight loss by curbing your appetite and stopping cravings.
2.) Boost Your Energy and Ward Off Diseases
Most fruits and vegetables that are likely to be included in a green smoothie contain energy-boosting nutrients. In fact, the combined nutrients from bananas, oranges and spinach in a single smoothie can provide you with more energy than a cup of coffee – and none of the empty calories.
Green smoothies may also help boost your immune system. During the cold months, it is a good idea to indulge in a glass or two every day in order to prevent colds and flu.
3.) Keep Your Digestive Tract Clean and Healthy
Another benefit of drinking green smoothies that not a lot of people talk about is that they help keep you regular due to all of the fiber they contain.
Being constipated can make you feel slow, lethargic and unattractive. Usually constipation is a result of consuming too many meals that are hard to digest and lacking in healthy fiber. Drinking green smoothies can help refresh your digestive tract for easier and more comfortable bowel movements.
Green smoothies are also fun to make! You can experiment with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to find what you like best. Try adding chia seeds or flax seeds and coconut oil for a creamy texture and even more health benefits.