Green smoothies are quick to prepare, loaded with vitamins and phytonutrients and easily adaptable to almost any diet. They usually feature kale, spinach, and other dark leafy greens, with only a modest amount of fruit. Nuts, seeds, and herbs can be added to boost their nutritional profile even further. Green smoothies are anti-inflammatory and can reduce cravings for unhealthy food and aid in weight loss.
Are Green Smoothies Healthy?
Smoothies (in general) are highly digestible because the cell walls of the vegetables have been mechanically broken down by a blender. This is great news for anyone who experiences bloating or gas when they up their intake of raw vegetables. This also means nutrients are made more readily available to the body for absorption.
If you know that you need to eat more vegetables but the idea of full bowls of salad throughout the day seems overwhelming, green smoothies may be a great alternative. You can consume an entire salad’s worth of vegetables in a single glass. Green smoothies also taste great, even avowed greens-haters can find a recipe that will satisfy their palette. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients, additions like avocado, seeds and nut butter can make your smoothie healthier and more satisfying, while varying types of fruit offers infinite flavor possibilities.
There is an evolving body of evidence to suggest that cravings for junk food may be related to deficiencies in vitamins and trace minerals. Green smoothies can provide those missing nutrients and keep your blood sugar steady. If you are trying to lose weight, cutting cravings can make your journey much easier. Green smoothies are also low in calories and very filling. They make a great breakfast or energizing afternoon snack. They are also convenient, pack a smoothie and avoid the drive-thru temptation.
Ideas to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie
A good green smoothie base starts with a liquid, a green, and a fruit.
- Almond and coconut milk are good choices for liquid, but water or dairy milk work well too.
- Juices can also be used but they will add quite a bit of sugar.
- Greens like kale and spinach are popular, as are collards, chard, and wheatgrass. “Baby” varieties of greens will be more tender and have a milder taste.
- Frozen bananas add a smooth thick texture but berries, pineapple, and kiwi are also great choices for the fruit component.
- Extras can be added to the base. Avocado, flax meal and chia seeds add a nice bonus of fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Green smoothies are both healthy and delicious. They offer quick nutrient uptake and high digestibility in a small portable package. Make green smoothies your new intelligent dietary default and reap the many benefits of going green.