For a fast way to supercharge your health, look no further than your veggie drawer to concoct a variety of healthy green (or pink, or orange) smoothies. Drinking your veggies allows you to ratchet up the nutritional content of your diet while starting your day with a boost that rivals that of coffee.
All you need to start making nutrient packed smoothies is a high-speed blender (a Vitamix makes the job really easy, but a less powerful one can still handle the job with a little more time). As opposed to juicing which separates the fiber from the juice, blending not only retains the fiber, but breaks it down so that it is easier to digest.
Many people fall short on their fiber consumption because they don't get the five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables they need each day. You can easily take in three or more servings with one 8 oz. smoothie, which puts you that much closer to meeting your daily requirement.
Abudant in Antioxidents
In addition to boosting your fiber intake, fresh fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which protect us from the damaging effects of free radicals. Over time, free radicals can wreak havoc on your bodies tissues, and if left unchecked can lead to serious health problems such as cancer.
If greens are not appealing to you, blending them into a smoothie helps them go down easier. Mixed in with an apple or some of your favorite berries, you or your kids will hardly notice they're in there! Below is a list of foods to throw in your blender. Pick anywhere from 2-8 of these raw foods along with filtered water or your favorite milk, (ice cubes optional) a fun glass, a straw and you are sipping pretty!
Organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
Almonds / Almond milk
Make sure you don’t just blend fruits or you’ll be in for a massive blood sugar spike—and subsequent crash! This is a common mistake many people make. While eating more fruit obviously benefits your health, adding more vegetables to the mix helps provide sustained energy to carry you throughout your day.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that you enjoy? If so, I'd love to hear about it. In the meantime, bottoms up!