The Health Benefits of a Smoothie
The Health Benefits of Smoothies
Smoothies are a popular drink or even a quick meal for some people. They have lots of vitamins and minerals you get from the fruit and veggies, as well as other benefits. Smoothies are a good way to get some additional nutrition into your daily life that tastes good and is good for you.
Smoothies came about originally in the 1930s, but became much more popular in the 1970s and by the 1990s they were being offered in many cafes and restaurants and health food stores. Nowadays people everywhere drink them as a treat, a quick snack or to substitute for a meal.
What Consists of a Healthy Smoothie?
The healthiest smoothies contain antioxidants, as well as energy boosting factors. Healthy smoothies will contain good for you foods and other ingredients like egg yolks, green foods like spinach, kale or lettuce, as well as various kinds of fruits and additives like protein powder or other items like yogurt, juice or milk. It’s great before workouts and sports to give you some get up and go and it’s delicious too.
Smoothies can help with muscle development or even disease prevention depending on what they are made of. For instance, if you use milk or yogurt, you will get the calcium your body needs, while a product like cultured milk or kefir will get you some healthy probiotics to keep your intestinal tract healthy. They are also good for your skin and hair and have many other health benefits and the ability for disease prevention.
One example of a great healthy smoothie is eight ounces of milk, a banana, strawberries, coconut oil, an egg yolk from pasteurized fresh eggs (be sure to wash the shell to prevent salmonella) and maybe a splash of vanilla extract or add in other fruit combos and some ice. Blend it up in a blender and you have a fast and healthy breakfast treat.
Mixing up a smoothie will help you to avoid eating sugary cereals or hitting the drive thru window at McDonalds and best of all, it will be energy boosting for your body instead of having an energy loss a couple hours later.
Green Smoothie Benefits
One type of smoothie that has extra benefits is green smoothies (chlorophyll, blue green algae, etc.). These kinds of smoothies have gained popularity for use for detox/cleanse, as well as weight loss benefits.
Green smoothies have lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as some healthy carbohydrates, some fiber and if you drink them you won’t feel deprived or starving when you use them for meal replacement. They are also great for disease prevention, especially if you use some dark and leafy greens like spinach and kale. If you add in some sweet berries or a banana it will mask the strong taste and you still get the benefits of the green smoothies.
Green smoothies also have a lot of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help prevent cancer. They will additionally help maintain your proper digestion. Natural foods such as smoothies are much better than taking dangerous dietary supplements because they are real foods, not synthetic things that you don’t know what is in them.
They use the whole piece of fruit or vegetable so you get the fiber along with the vitamins, which is also great for your digestion. Many people swear by the detox ability of smoothies too, and this is said to get rid of any excess toxins in the body that can clog you up and make you bloated and sick. The chlorophyll in green smoothies is great for the immune system and is said to help purify your blood.
Other Health Benefits of Smoothies
The antioxidants in some smoothie ingredients like berries is great for the skin and fights wrinkles and aging, as well as controlling blood sugar and providing Omega 3 and vitamin C and E. Any kind of berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or other fruits like pomegranates will provide these benefits.
Plus, fruits like cherries, peaches, and apricots give beta carotene and potassium, two other nutrients your body needs. Or you can try melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, or casaba melons for vitamins C and other nutrients.
Fruit and vegetable juices can also act as a natural detox/cleanse and after such a detox experience most people have better skin, and more energy. However, if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any sort of disease like kidney disease or are a diabetic, you shouldn’t use smoothies for a detox/cleanse, but you can drink them for other reasons if your doctor says it is ok.
What About Raw vs. Cooked Foods for Smoothies?
Some people say that raw foods are better than cooked foods, but either way you can get plenty of healthy benefits no matter which you use in your smoothies. Some experts say that low fat cooked foods are best. You can do things like lightly steam the veggies before you put them into your smoothie recipe. You can add some whole fruits to the mix and get the benefits of both raw and cooked foods.
Raw foods in smoothies are good for a detox because they have more fiber and so they will also be good for weight loss. However, whether or not you use raw or cooked foods in your smoothies doesn’t really matter. What matters most is that you start drinking some healthy smoothies with fresh fruits, veggies and other nutritional foods and products so you can get the benefits of them into your life.
There are hundreds of smoothie recipes online or in books. You can even find them in magazines or in the newspaper at times. So, if you want a healthy lifestyle with plenty of nutrition and vitamins and minerals then try making some yummy smoothies full of fruits, veggies, dairy products, green foods and more. The ingredients are up to you and you can try a new recipe every day with all of the choices that drinking healthy smoothies will give you.