Are green smoothie benefits real or just hype? Check out these top health benefits of drinking green smoothies and try the recipes to energize, lose weight and glow!
Blending green smoothies is a quick, easy and sustainable lifestyle change. Drinking green smoothies completely changed my life!
Not only did I stopped wearing the eyeglasses and contact lenses that I’ve worn every day since high school, but I’m also full of energy, my skin glows, and I slimmed down after my twin pregnancy!
Need more convincing on the power of green smoothies? Here are 20 reasons why green smoothies are a great addition to your day:
Top 20 Green Smoothie Benefits
1. Effortless Weight loss
Green smoothies are blended using whole fruits and vegetables. The high fiber content in green smoothies acts as a sponge to clean and pick up impurities from your body. This gets things moving through your bowels and contributes to weight loss.
Most people start losing weight once they introduce green smoothies to their diet, even if they’ve changed nothing else.
2. Increased Energy
When you drink a well-blended smoothie, the blender helped to shoulder some workload from your digestive system, so your body is able to more easily convert the nutrients to a boost of energy.
3. Radiant Skin Glow
Green smoothie benefits your body from the inside out, and your skin will show it. Your girlfriends will start asking whether you’ve changed your makeup!
4. Improved Eyesight
I literally stumbled upon this discovery by stepping on my eyeglasses and breaking them! When I tried to replace my broken glasses, I was told that my prescription was way too strong.
About a year after I started drinking green smoothies, I no longer needed my eye contacts or glasses!
5. Helps You Meet Daily Nutrition Requirements
Getting your recommended daily intake of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables by chowing down on large salads can get old and boring fast. This is where green smoothies come to the rescue!
Blending fruits and leafy greens make it fun and easy to meet your recommended daily requirements.
6. Aids Digestion.
Victoria Boutenko is a green smoothie pioneer. Her groundbreaking book “Green for Life” led me to this life-changing healthy habit.
According to Boutenko, our stomach loses its ability to absorb nutrients over time, and a powerful blender can do a better job then your teeth to grind away tough plant cell walls, making it easier for our bodies to extract nutrients and assimilate them.
7. Improves Gut Health.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, famously said: “all disease begins in the gut”.
A diet high in fiber has been shown to contribute tremendously to a healthy gut microbiome(1).
Dietary habits for a healthy gut are also helpful for preventing heart diseases(2).
8. Juicing vs Blending Smoothies.
I actually started my healthy eating journey with juicing. Jay Kordich, also known as The Juice Man, was my inspiration. His book provided many recipes for different health issues. My skin glowed after two weeks of daily juicing.
BUT… I couldn’t keep up. Cleaning up all the fiber in the juicer after every use simply took too much effort and time.
And all that fiber turned out to be actually good for you. They cleanse the inside of your body and keep your bowel movements regular.
9. Reduce Spikes in Blood Sugar.
Juicing fruits and high sugar vegetables like carrots can potentially wreak havoc on body blood sugar levels. Especially for people with diabetes.
Juices can be very high in carbohydrates depending on the combination of fruits and vegetables used.
Preventing blood sugar spikes that can cause fat storage Is one of the key green smoothie benefits for weight loss.
10. Lasting Energy.
Not only does drinking green smoothies help you fight fatigue, but the energy you get is long lasting!
While some fruits may be high in sugar, the high fiber content in green smoothies helps to slow the absorption of sugar so that your body can receive a steady dose of energy without feeling the crash.
11. Easy to Make and Clean Up
Green smoothies take only a few minutes to throw together and prepare.
Clean up is a breeze! Simply rinse the blender right after each use, before any blended scraps get hardened.
12. Makes a Great Breakfast
Kick start your mornings with a healthy green smoothie to energize your body and reduce your sugar cravings throughout the day.
Over time, you will notice that you’ll crave more healthy foods!
13. Easy Meal Replacement.
Boost your green smoothies with healthy fats and protein to make it a filling meal!
Avocado, walnuts, almonds are excellent sources of healthy fats. Chia seeds are a popular superfood that provides both!
14. Sustains Healthy Pregnancy.
I attribute my healthy 38-weeks full-term twin pregnancy to green smoothies as they gave me the energy to “power walk” 20 minutes around the neighborhood park every day up until the last week of my pregnancy.
I exceed expectations by delivering twins at a combined weight of 11 pounds and 11 ounces, on my petite 5-feet tall frame!
15. Loved By Children.
It’s not easy to convince my twins to eat spinach or kale, but they happily drink their green smoothies.
It’s currently my main way of sneaking green leafy vegetables into their purple-colored berry smoothie.
16. Green Smoothies Keep You Feeling Full.
Green smoothies can be a complete all-in-one meal replacement or a pick-me-up snack.
Either way, they fill you up with wholesome goodness so you feel less unhealthy cravings and are less likely to snack on junk food.
17. Customize Your Own Smoothie.
You can easily customize your green smoothie for the health benefit you want. I create different green smoothie recipes for losing weight, glowing skin, improving eyesight and more.
Create recipes using foods with healing properties that target the ailment you are trying to fix.
18. Keeps in the Fridge and Freezer.
Green smoothies can last for up to 2 days in the refrigerator, and for 3 months in the freezer.
Bonus Tips: add liquid vitamin E to your smoothies to help prevent oxidation. Lemon juice also works as well.
19. Keeps You Hydrated.
A recent study found that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated(3).
Our busy modern lives cause us to forget to drink water throughout the day.
Drinking plain water gets boring. The liquid in green smoothies helps to rehydrate our body.
20. Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle
Prioritize drinking green smoothies first thing in the morning and you’ll find this one healthy habit leads to others!
Once you start to feel all the healthy green smoothie benefits on your body, you’ll find the energy and the desire to exercise and continue eating well to make that feeling last!
Green smoothies make losing weight, staying fit and healthy more automatic and effortless!
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