Smoothies - What's so great about them?

There are many great benefits to smoothies and convenience is certainly one of them! Blending is certainly one of the quickest and easiest ways to whip up something healthy. There's no cooking involved; you just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right! It allows you to utilize all your fruits and vegetables to the max and never allow them to go to waste! Also, they're high in volume.  They fill you up so you won't feel deprived. Best of all, the blender slices through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients - like fiber, protein, and healthy fats - easier for your body to absorb. The more fiber you get, the more satiated you feel, which means you can eat less and still feel full! (Smoothies beat juicing based on the fiber content!) Smoothies allow you to power pack nutrients into a small, concentrated package.  You can prepare them ahead of time, place them in a shaker cup or 'to go' mug and utilize them pre or post workout, as long as you keep them chilled. Frequent and grazing meals (smoothie sips throughout your day are perfect here) have been shown to shift your metabolism into high gear. No time for frequent meals? Smoothies make it easy to do so. Preparing your own allows you complete control of calories and quality of ingredients.

Four things you need to create your own delicious smoothie creation:

Liquid base: Your favorite low fat milk product, kefir, coconut water, kombucha, juice, etc.
Lean Protein: Greek yogurt, silken tofu, protein powder, etc.
Healthy fats: These provide you with energy, help you feel full and make your smoothie satisfying, and help your body absorb vitamins. I.e. Nuts, seeds, flax, avocado, PB, etc.
High Fiber Carbs: All fruits will work. Blueberries and raspberries deliver the most fiber with the least amount of sugar. Get creative with using different vegetables, although spinach and cucumber seem to have the mildest flavours.

Try some of our smoothie recipes. A favourite of ours is SWEET GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE




Some notes from source, Juno DeMelo

Susan Arruda