Green Smoothies have had a bad rap. Many people find greens bitter, boring and just plain unpalatable. They’d rather not munch away at a giant bowl of greens and therefore miss out on all the nourishment and powerful healing qualities that greens have to offer.
But Vegetable Smoothies let you “cheat” by providing more nutrition, which is easier to absorb, quicker to eat, and tastes a lot better.
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat five or more servings and a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. One of these smoothies contains all five of those fruit and vegetable servings and much more!
Vegetable or Green Smoothies allow you to reap the benefits of nutrient-dense leafy green vegetables in the form of a delicious shake. Blended greens are easily digested and greater amounts of vitamin-packed vegetables can be consumed, mixed with delicious fruits and other healthy, tasty ingredients.
Green plants are composed largely of cellulose, commonly known as “roughage” or dietary fiber. We, as humans, cannot digest cellulose to the extent that multi-stomached grazing animals like cows and goats can. Basically, we can’t chew our cud.
Luckily, modern technology has given us the blender, enabling us to access more of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like beta-carotene and anti-oxidants contained in green superfoods.
Green veggies like kelp and microalgae are also important sources of crucial omega-3 fatty acids. Of course on their own, many of these powerful super-foods aren’t exactly mouth-watering snacks. But combined with other wholesome fruits and vegetables they will result in delectable snacks that you actually crave rather than avoid.
Think of green smoothies as pre-chewed, partially digested salads. Sound good? OK, maybe not. But the point is that green smoothies are good.
By drinking your vegetables you are able to absorb their nutrition and take in large amounts of beneficial dietary fiber (cellulose) for optimal health and digestion. Imagine every day looking forward to a flavorful, healthful shake, packed full of energy-giving fresh fruits and vegetables.
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, parsley, Swiss chard and dandelion greens each have multiple and unique health benefits such as weight loss, cancer prevention, blood health and digestive aid.
These benefits are all easily assimilated in the form of delicious green smoothies and combined with the benefits of fresh fruits and other nutritious ingredients.
Some people like the taste of greens and raw vegetables, super-charged in the form of blended smoothies. But for others, the addition of fruits like apples, strawberries, bananas, peaches, mangos and pineapples to their green smoothies makes them a lot more appetizing.
Aside from the sweet benefits of flavor, texture and density, the added fresh fruits bring a host of vitamins, antioxidants and other individual nutritional value of their own.
Check out our awesome recipes for green smoothies and experiment with your own fruit and vegetable combinations to find the perfect nutrient-packed, disease-fighting or weight loss smoothie for you.
The health benefits and pure enjoyment you will get from drinking green smoothies are virtually unlimited. Your body and taste buds will love you for it!
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