When it comes to the benefits in green smoothies, you’ll find that there is a whole array of them:
- They are easily digested
- They keep you hydrated
- They give you an energy boost
- They increase your skin health
You can add things like collard greens, lettuce, kale, and spinach to them. If you’ve been drinking them for some time, you can add things like watercress, dandelion, parsley, and any other leafy green that you enjoy.
You can also add things like apples, avocados, bananas, mangoes, and pears. Following, you will find a list of some of the advantages to drinking a green smoothie every day.
Green Smoothies are Pure Nutrition
Of course the amount of vitamins and minerals you will get in your smoothie is dependant on the ingredients you put in your smoothie. However, you will find that most fruits and veggies have high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. In addition, guava is high in folate and avocados have high levels of magnesium and potassium.
Green Smoothies are Better than Fruit/Veggie Juices
When the juices are extracted from the fruits and veggies, you still get the good vitamins and minerals.
However, the fiber is lost. Since smoothies use the whole fruit and not just the juice, that makes them much healthier than juice because you’re getting the fiber that your body needs for healthy functioning.
Green Smoothies Ensure You Get Your Daily Fruit/Veggie Servings
While it’s true that most people do enjoy fruit- it’s hard for most of them to get their daily recommended servings of veggies. Perhaps this is because of the flavor or maybe the texture.
Either way, when you put the veggies in a green smoothie, the flavor is hidden by everything else and they’re blended, so the texture is not an issue anymore either. In fact, you won’t even notice they’re there.
Green Smoothies are Super Easy to Make
You don’t really need any special equipment, just your standard household blender will do just fine. If you plan to make large amounts to store, you might also need a pitcher. However, it is recommended that you only make what you need as you need it, most of the time, smoothies don’t store very well.
Green Smoothies Save You Money
When you make them at home, green smoothies can actually save you money. When you visit a smoothie/juice bar to buy one, it can be as much- if not more- than a specialty coffee at your local café.
However, when you combine the fruits and veggies that you already have at home, it will only end up costing a few cents. Plus, a glass every day will give you the vitamins and minerals you need without having to invest in all sorts of multivitamins and other supplements.
Green Smoothies Get Kids to “Eat” Their Veggies
Kids are notorious for not enjoying veggies. A green smoothie can be a great way to give them that nutrition without them realizing what they’re drinking. However, you might want to start with 70 percent fruit and 30 percent veggies until they get used to the flavor, then gradually work down to 60 percent fruit and 40 percent veggies.
Green Smoothies Provide Natural, Lasting Energy
While it’s true that fruit is a great source of natural energy, when you eat them alone, you only get short bursts of energy due to the high amounts of sugars, which metabolize quickly. However, since green smoothies have high concentrations of veggies, the sugar content is balanced out.
Green Smoothies are Filling without the Calories
Since they are filled with fiber and water, they are quite filling. In fact, you will probably feel as though you just ate a meal.
When you’re trying to lose weight, drinking green smoothies will help keep hunger and cravings under control, while also increasing your metabolism so the pounds melt off much more quickly.
Green Smoothies are Easily Digestible
Since it’s already liquefied/blended, a smoothie is much easier to digest. After all, your body doesn’t have to work quite as hard to break it all down to extract the nutrients. Individuals who suffer from indigestion after consuming a heavy meal will also reap benefits because a smoothie is light but filling.
Green Smoothies Keep You Hydrated
You’ve been told that you should be drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water every day- but the truth is, most of us don’t exactly do that. In fact, we’re not even getting half that amount in most cases. Most people say it’s because they don’t care for the flavor of plain water.
If you feel this way, you can simply add more water when you’re making your smoothie. This way, you’re getting the water your body needs without even realizing it.
As you can see, green smoothies can be made in a variety of ways with a variety of ingredients- and still give you many benefits. This is just a few of the benefits that you can gain from drinking green smoothies on a daily basis.
Of course, be careful that you only consume 1 or 2- and you should not drink it with a meal, but as a replacement for a meal or a snack, as the calories can add up.