So this is the first One Step Closer to Healthy post of 2014. If you are new to the blog this series of posts are led by nutritional content, healthy inspiration, tips and guides to help you feel great. These posts go live on the blog every Monday. For those of you who are catching up you can read my past posts here.
With the new year well and truly in full spring, the majority of us want to kick start our healthy living. To balance out all of the Christmas indulgences I have increased my intake of green smoothies. Regular readers of the blog will know how much I love these things. Those of you who aren’t in the know about green smoothies then by the end of this post you will be wanting to dust off your blenders.
Smoothies have been on many nutritionists’ lips for years, with many recommending them as a nutritious snack or meal. Fruit is commonly combined with yoghurt or cream, or a simple protein smoothie is used. Green smoothies, on the other hand, go a little better by including a variety of green earthy foods that are high in vitamins and minerals for the body.
The advantages of these green marvels are numerous:
- Fruit and vegetable consumption is increased.
- An increase in antioxidants
- Increased amounts of energy
- High in fibre
- Digestion would be easier.
- Nutrient absorption is fast.
- Improved well-being due to clear skin
- It helps to keep the pH of the body in check.
- The body is detoxed.
- It has a lot of chlorophyll in it.
Eating good quality sourced vegetables is essential for anybody that is looking to improve their general health. Typically we all should be eating five portions of fruit a day. The Alkaline Diet promotes the digestion of high alkaline leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
These particular vegetables help ward off any health problems that may be caused by a diet of high acidic levels, characteristic of a western diet. Green smoothies instill a general feeling of well-being and have been associated with alleviating depression and allegedly aid weight loss.
The cells of the plants are broken down while the smoothie’s ingredients are mixed, making them simpler for the digestive system to absorb. In addition, vitamin and mineral absorption is improved. When you blend the veggies and berries, the body absorbs the nutrients even better than if you chewed them. Green smoothies have a lot of chlorophyll, which serves to improve the immune system.
Don’t be put off by the fact that they’re green. You can come up with a plethora of various variations and possibilities. To begin, make an easy smoothie with spinach, banana, peanut butter, and almond milk.
If you like that, you can begin to get more experimental by changing up the greens (kale, cavolo nero, lettuce) and you can also add things like superfood powders (maca, spirulina, lucuma, camu camu berry powder), different nut butters and protein powders to make them more satisfying.
I like to eat my smoothies in a bowl so that I can sprinkle them with different toppings and sometimes have them on the go on the way to work. So go get in your green smoothie labs and get experimenting. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
To get you on your green smoothie way I have included a little recipe in this post:
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Banana and Apple Butterscotch Green SmoothieCourse: Uncategorized
A tasty and healthy green smoothie recipe full of goodness.
1 chopped apple
3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of almond milk
1 scoop of butterscotch protein powder (I used Protein Works)
- Blend it together in a blender. Serve in a bowl and add your preferred toppings, or drink directly from the glass.