Being on a diet to lose weight is not fun. Most times, foods are bland and tasteless because they are meant to discourage me from eating.
Since I also regulate the portion I eat, I feel hungry and cranky. Isn’t there a better and more delicious way to diet?
The answer is YES…
Table of Contents
- What Are Green Smoothies?
- Why Do We Enjoy Green Smoothies?
- 15 Amazing Benefits Of Green Smoothies
- 1- Eat more green vegetables and fruits
- 2- Get all nutrients
- 3- Lose weight naturally
- 4- Drink more natural water
- 5- Improve digestion
- 6- Rejuvenate the body
- 7- Helps against free radicals
- 8- Enhance metabolism
- 9- Boost the immune system
- 10- Relieve symptoms of depression
- 11- For glowing skin and hair
- 12- Balance female hormones
- 13- Great supplement for the workout
- 14- Save time and money
- 15- Be ready with super-healthy breakfasts
- Wrapped Up
What Are Green Smoothies?
Green smoothies are thick, creamy and green. They are made from pureed green vegetables and fruits:
Put in the creamy fruits or liquid base, with a touch of sweetness from honey or sugar, then that is our green smoothie.
Why Do We Enjoy Green Smoothies?
In a nutshell, green smoothies are one of the healthiest drinks in the world. They are not only super healthy but also very convenient.
15 Amazing Benefits Of Green Smoothies
1- Eat more green vegetables and fruits
If you are not a big fan of vegetables and fruits, having a green smoothie is the most delicious and painless way to have them.
Research shows we should be consuming 3-5 cups of vegetables every day. We can only eat so much salad, and we may not even enjoy it.
However, a glass of green smoothie inevitably meets this daily requirement, and it is enjoyable and delicious. It contains 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Even children can enjoy a green smoothie. They would love its creaminess and coolness.
Skip the part that it’s nutritious, and instead, make a gory story that a green smoothie is zombie blood.
I am sure they would be able to relate it to plants vs. zombies.
2- Get all nutrients
No doubt, vegetables are full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are good for our bodies. We get all these when we have a green smoothie.
Most often, aside from salads, our vegetables are cooked. Many vitamins and minerals are reduced or even lost during the cooking process.
Green smoothies use raw and fresh vegetables. The process of pureeing it breaks down the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables, and the nutrients are broken down as well, making it easier for our bodies to absorb them directly.
We get the benefits of maximum and better absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
3- Lose weight naturally
You know how it is to diet.
Losing weight takes more than just diet; we also have to exercise.
But who are we kidding?
How difficult is it to exercise when you feel hungry. So after a good work-out, we end up more famished and more tired.
Consuming green smoothies, however, answer all these issues:
Green smoothies help to change our unhealthy eating habits, helping to reduce the number of calories we get into our bodies. From there, it helps us lose weight.
4- Drink more natural water
We need water to keep our bodies healthy.
That sounds simple enough, but unfortunately, many of us are not able to consume the mandated 8 – 12 glasses or 2.7 liters a day.
Water is tasteless, and drinking it requires determination.
Drinking green smoothies can more than make up for our water intake.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in water, plus the other liquids that you add in like juice or yogurt or even ice.
When working out, it is even more critical to increase our water intake because we lose water when we sweat.
That gives us one more good reason to have a green smoothie when in the gym or doing some cardio exercises.
5- Improve digestion
Green smoothies are great for our tummies as well.
It improves digestion firstly because most fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, and secondly, because of the water component or the liquids in the green smoothies.
Because of the stress of modern day living, many of us have stomach disorders like ulcers. The most common cause of this is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.
6- Rejuvenate the body
To rejuvenate the body means to make it feel and look younger or livelier.
Green smoothies are made from vegetables and fruits that are rich in chlorophyll, which improves the immune system, and generally rejuvenates the body.
Because of the vitamins and minerals, as well as the water content, the green smoothie gives our hair a healthy shine and keeps our skin hydrated and looking younger.
Vegetables like spinach and beet greens are rich in magnesium, which is a natural muscle-relaxant. It soothes sore muscles and prevents muscle cramps.
If you are an athlete or if you exercise, a refreshing glass of green smoothie after practice or exercise is the best way to rejuvenate after sweating it out.
7- Helps against free radicals
Free radicals are unstable molecules in our bodies that cause diseases like cancer.
We need antioxidants to protect our bodies, and these antioxidants can be found in the green leafy vegetables that we put in our green smoothies.
Our bodies also need other vitamins and minerals so it can sufficiently and efficiently function.
From the green smoothie, we can get vitamins A, B, C, E and K. We also get folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus.
We can’t get these much nutrients from salads or by eating our common portion of vegetables and fruits.
A green smoothie, however, in one serving, with the right mix of ingredients, can easily meet our nutrient requirements.
8- Enhance metabolism
When our metabolism rate is faster, it means we burn energy faster. It also means we burn calories more quickly, and we lose weight.
Green smoothies already contain pureed vegetables and fruits, so our digestive system does not need to work to break down the green smoothie we drank.
With this function at rest, our bodies can focus instead on healing and repair.
The components of the green smoothies, too, aid in the faster metabolism of our bodies.
We get a high dose of fiber, a lot of liquid and iron.
If we want an extra kick to boost metabolism some more, we can use almond milk in our green smoothie.
9- Boost the immune system
I am most prone to allergies. It means my immune system is weak because one sneeze quickly becomes a case of the flu.
As we age, a weak immune system would not be able to fight more serious diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Consuming more fruits and vegetables is good for boosting the immune system.
The green smoothie has all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that fight off diseases.
The greens are rich in chlorophyll, which improves the immune system.
If you feel like you’re too tired or you’re coming down with something, give your immune system that extra boost by adding citrus fruits or ginger to your green smoothie.
Keep the greens, but add some touch of color to it.
10- Relieve symptoms of depression
Most of us have this happy food – our go to when we feel a bit down.
Instead of munching on sugars, let’s make green smoothies as our happy food.
Green smoothies are rich in folate found in the green leafy vegetables. Folate relieves depression and anxiety.
Research shows those who are prone to depression have a folic deficiency.
Instead of relying on drugs, eating vegetables and fruits is the healthiest way to consume folate and enjoy its benefits.
Mental health is anchored on one’s biochemistry. What we eat and the nutrients we get from it fuel our biochemistry.
So it is logical to regulate mental health by controlling food intake.
11- For glowing skin and hair
So true – what you see in the outside is just a reflection of what is inside.
In short, if we are healthy inside our bodies, it manifests itself in how shiny our hair is and how glowing our skin is. And this is important because the first impression does last.
12- Balance female hormones
Women have such special needs. When we are on a diet, have our periods, are pregnant or during menopause, we are cranky, tired and generally feel ugly.
Instead of resorting to binge eating of cakes and desserts, we should instead binge on green smoothies to alleviate these symptoms brought about by the imbalance in our hormones.
What is the magic of green smoothies?
13- Great supplement for the workout
A great time to consume green shakes smoothies is after work out.
In addition to the significant benefits of health, green smoothies also have other interests that help you improve your life.
14- Save time and money
Getting green smoothies from the specialty shops can be rather expensive. That is why they say health is wealth.
But eating healthy does not need to be a financial burden. Preparing your green smoothies at home actually gives you more benefits:
To save preparation time, I use weekends to cut up ingredients and put them in single serve containers like glass jars, food-grade bags before freezing.
And to prolong the quality and freshness of green foods, I always use my best sous vide vacuum sealer to seal them carefully as I sealed foods to cook sous vide.
When I make the green smoothie in the morning, I just pour out the prepared container and add the liquid and ice.
15- Be ready with super-healthy breakfasts
I genuinely believe it’s essential to have a good filling breakfast and ready for a new day.
Green smoothies are filling because of its water and fiber content. It is healthy, packed with the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the fruits and vegetables.
Also, it is low on calories so we can consume as many as we want without increasing weight.
Consumption of green smoothies every morning is the best. Do not forget this!
Now is the age of fast food.
Sadly, most fast foods thrive on serving us oily, fatty foods that are not good for our bodies.
But green smoothies are on the opposite side:
Let’s make our own green smoothie so we can suit it to our taste!
Here are some of my tips for making green smoothies:
Live a healthy lifestyle, work out and enjoy green smoothies!
Let us be slimmer, more energetic and physically fit.