A nutritious, tasty green smoothie has been a cherished morning ritual for me since early 2008. Since then, I have experienced dramatic improvements in health, energy and mental clarity by increasing my consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole foods.
I have lost about 40 pounds and easily maintain my ideal weight with minimal effort. If you haven’t already, give green smoothies a try. You’ll be amazed at the health benefits.
Health Benefits of Green Smoothies
1 – Natural Weight Loss
Drinking a green smoothie is the best thing you can do to lose weight. I weighed 147 pounds when I added smoothies to my diet. I lost 40 pounds in just a few months and now maintain a healthy, normal weight around 107-108.
Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself. After drinking green smoothies for a few weeks, I noticed that my cravings for junk foods were greatly reduced and I actually began craving healthy food options!
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2 – Increased Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables (Particularly Greens)
The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them. The fruit masks the flavor so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a healthy dose of spinach, carrots, tomatoes and any other vegetable that you put in.
3 – Easy Digestibility and Nutrient Assimilation
Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could. Smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad, especially when you are on the go.
4 – Antioxidants
Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.
5 – Increased Energy
Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.
6 – Mental Clarity and Focus
With a healthier diet comes greater mental clarity and focus. Green smoothies have replaced my morning coffee ritual. Since becoming caffeine-free, I have experience greater alertness, energy and dramatically reduced anxiety and nervousness that I used to deal with on a daily basis.
7 – Increased Fiber Intake
Unlike fruit juice or using a juicer, green smoothies use the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all the fiber and nutrition. Fiber is essential for good colon health and it keeps your bowels in working order.
8 – Clearer Skin
Clearer, radiant skin is an often-reported benefit to eating healthier. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin. I never noticed my healthy glow until I was looking at a group photo that was taken in the middle of winter. I looked like I had just been tanning even though I never really went outside.
9 – Reduce Cravings
Green smoothies reduce cravings for junk foods, unhealthy sweets, salt and fats. You will find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you will crave healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables and greens.
10 – Rich With Chlorophyll
Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.
11 – Alkalizing
Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body. Acid-producing foods (as well as the over-consumption of protein) can raise the PH level of the blood, which can cause your body to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize it, thus increasing your risk for osteoporosis.
Mainstream doctors and nutrition experts, while also promoting an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, point out a lack of clinical, scientific evidence to support claims by alkaline-diet promoters. Either way, consuming foods that help maintain a proper PH level in your body is a good thing and green smoothies can help with that.
In addition to these health benefits, green smoothies are:
- Easy to make and clean up after.
- Taste amazing.
- Will keep for a couple days in the fridge.
- Are fun to make and experiment with different fruits and vegetable combinations.
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How To Get The Green Smoothie Health Benefits That You Need
Green smoothies do more than just taste great and provide general health benefits. You can make smoothies that target specific health goals you might have by using certain fruits and greens together. But you need to know what those ingredients are and why they work together.
To lose weight, I’ll make a weight-loss smoothie. If the cold or flu is going around, I’ll make an immunity-boosting blend. If I want to have more energy, detox, improve digestion or reduce my risk for certain diseases, all I have to do is make the right recipe using the right ingredients.
Do you want to learn how to make a smoothie that contains 50% of your daily value of calcium or iron? How about a smoothie that can wake you up better than coffee. Or a smoothie that can spice up your love life?
My Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss program contains everything that you need to know about maximizing the health benefits of green smoothies. You’ll learn fruit and greens pairings and you’ll get hundreds of recipes as well as in-depth answers to over 115 questions on smoothies, health and nutrition.
Also included is my 4-week weight loss program, Detox In 4 Days and my latest book, Green Smoothie Remedies & Prevention, which features over 200 delicious smoothie recipes addressing 41 health concerns based on research from over 120 published scientific studies.
Find out exactly how I lost 40 pounds, lowered my cholesterol and increased my energy (and fitness) with the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.