We all know our greens are good for us, even if we don’t want to eat them. And if you are like me, I struggle to eat them off the plate. The most common way of getting in your greens is in salads.
Let’s be real though. There are only so many salads you can eat in a given week before you start to feel like a rabbit. Smoothies give you a great alternative to work even more fresh greens into your diet.
Green smoothies are a great way to make sure you get the nutrients and fresh produce your body needs. If you can add just one large green smoothie to your diet, you can pack quite a few servings of fruit and more importantly low sugar vegetables into your diet.
If you’re new to green smoothies, I encourage you to give it a try. If you’re used to fruit and yogurt smoothies that look and taste more like a milkshake, a green smoothie may seem like an odd thing. Trust me, with the right combinations they are delicious and will soon become your favorite way to consume your greens.
The benefits of drinking green smoothies
Green Smoothies Are Full Of Nutrients
These popular health drinks are packed with fresh produce including a big serving of leafy greens. That packs a big nutritional punch. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more delicious and easier way to prepare that many raw veggies. While the actual nutritional makeup will vary depending on the ingredients you choose to use, your smoothie will be full of vitamins and minerals that are good for you.
Since you make your own smoothies, you get to choose the ingredients. That allows you to fill any particular nutritional needs. Got a busy day ahead? Include some veggies that are high in B vitamins for an extra boost in energy. Feeling like you’re coming down with a cold? Throw a few oranges in your smoothie for a vitamin C boost. You get to fill any holes you have in your nutritional profile with the help of a daily green smoothie. You can literally create your own power smoothie to get you through whatever the day is going to throw at you.
Green Smoothies Are Low In Calories
Green smoothies by nature are very low in calories. Since the bulk of your smoothie will be made up of leafy greens, it is hard to turn this into anything but a healthy, low calorie food. Yes, you can add quite a bit of sugar by adding sweet fruit or even fruit juice. Yes, you can add healthy fat by including things like avocado or olive oil to your smoothie. In the end the result will still be a healthy food that’s low in calories but high in nutrients and vitamins.
On the flip side it’s very easy to create filling smoothies that are very low in calories and a great addition to any weight loss program. Start as usual with plenty of fresh greens and then add just a touch of fruit and a few low calorie veggies like cucumbers, peppers or other non-starchy vegetable. Blend it up with water and the end result will be a delicious and refreshing smoothie that fills you up and energizes you.
Green Smoothies Have A Lot Of Fiber
Last but not least, smoothies are full of healthy fiber that’s good for your digestive tract and keeps to keep you full for a long time. Overall it’s hard to beat green smoothies when you’re trying to eat healthier and lose some weight.
Making green smoothies
Making green smoothies is so easy. Get out your blender and add a couple of big handfuls of leafy greens. Good choices for your smoothies include spinach, kale, chard, and even romaine lettuce. Pick your favorite greens and start there. Feel free to mix and match using up whatever greens need to be used up first. Ideally you want mix and match as many different types of greens as possible. This will make sure you get a wide variety of nutrients. You can even include some micro greens and herbs here and there.
As you get started making green smoothies try filling up the rest of your blender with plenty of fresh or frozen fruit or maybe even a little fruit juice to give your taste buds a chance to get used to the flavor. Green smoothies are tasty, but they can be a bit of an acquired taste. Starting out with plenty of fruit in the beginning will make the greens more palatable. As time goes by, you can make an effort to reduce the amount of fruit you use as needed. If losing a bit of weight is one of your goals, or if you’re doing everything you can to reduce your sugar intake, then cutting back on the fruit you use and cutting out juice as early as possible, should be your goal.
Either way, you’ll end up with a delicious smoothie and a new way to include lots of fresh greens in your diet. Since you’re using whole foods and lots of leafy greens, you not only get all the nutrients in these foods but also lots of fiber that will keep you full longer. Green smoothies are an excellent way to use up lots of greens and get them into your diet. You’ll be surprised how many greens you can pack into one little smoothie that’s easy to drink. It’s much easier to consume them this way than in the form of a salad. And you’re not adding processed food and salt in the form of bottled salad dressing. Green smoothies are an excellent choice and something you should try for yourself.