This power drink definitely deserves an own blog post. I never discovered anything as healthy as green smoothies.
For everyone who is not familiar with green smoothies, it is a smoothie made with all kind of green vegetables like spinach, kale, cucumber, parsley etc. and sweet fruits like bananas to make it tasty. 🙂
The key is to use dark leafy greens like kale, swiss chard and spinach because those are the most nutrient dense vegetables. Try to keep the vegetable fruit ratio at about 70 to 30 as this will give you the most benefits and doesn’t make it over fruity. 🙂
I often hear people saying to make green smoothies takes too much time and preparation and that’s why they tend to pass on them.
My best tip is to wash the vegetables the night before and store them already portion sized so that you only have to throw them into the blender the next morning.
Have a look at my favorite green smoothie recipe to give it a go. 🙂
So let’s talk about the amazing benefits of Green Smoothies and why you should drink one every day! 🙂
- Prevents Bad Food Cravings
I realized that I have less sweet cravings throughout the day when I had a green smoothie in the morning. The green smoothie covers so many minerals and vitamins our body needs and therefore leaves us very satisfied and controls our sweet tooth.
- Nutrient Powerhouse
Greens like Kale, Cabbage, Parsley and Spinach are high in Iron, Vitamin B, Magnesium, Zinc and other beneficial vitamins that are essential for having a glowing skin and a healthy gut. Magnesium and Vitamin B are essential to maintain strong muscles and zinc has an anti-inflammatory effect on our skin.
- Better than a green juice
A smoothie still contains all the fiber because you use the whole fruits and vegetables, compared to juices where the fruits and vegetables are extracted. The high fiber and water content leaves you full and satisfied. That’s why a big smoothie can easily replace a meal.
- Skin Food
Green Smoothies are the best thing you can do for your skin. The leafy greens provide us with all the nutrients our skin needs and leaves our skin hydrated and well nourished. The large amount of antioxidants is great to fight free radicals which can damage our skin.
I always had skin problems when I was younger and I saw such a big improvement in my skin since I started to drink green smoothies regularly. J Definitely make a green smoothie your new best friend if you suffer from having bad skin.
- Great way to eat your veggies
Everyone finds it hard sometimes to eat enough vegetables. I think it is so important to have a balanced diet and not to only focus on having the same foods all the time. Green smoothies are the such an easy way to ‘eat’ your veggies and still enjoy a wonderful taste.
- Better than Coffee
A green smoothie is packed with so many nutrients that your energy levels will rise instantly. It is also easy on your stomach, in fact it boosts your digestion and alkalizes your blood. Look at it as a double espresso shot, packed with minerals and vitamins, but without all the bad side effects that coffee comes with. J
- Protein Source
Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and swiss chard are all amazing protein sources. The essential amino acids are provided in the perfect ratio, that means our body can easily absorb it and transfer it into our cells. That’s why a green smoothie also makes the perfect post workout shake.
Try to drink green smoothies consistently for a few weeks to see first results. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below. 🙂