The green smoothies are having a moment of stardom – or a decade. It is the golden age of shakes and the greens are the supreme kings.
Whether made entirely from fresh produce or from a combination of fresh and powdered vegetables (think of powdered vegetable blends, spirulina, chlorella), green smoothies are loaded with health benefits, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Super easy to digest – Eating raw food can be challenging for the digestive system. But liquefied vegetables are essentially pre-digested.
You Get more of the Nutrients
When liquefied, the outer cell walls of vegetables and fruits decompose, making valuable nutrients more readily available and easier for the body to absorb. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other good things are easily assimilated and used by the body.
Add a healthy fat source to your green smoothie and you will increase the absorption of macro nutrients much more.
The green smoothies and green juices mean that your body has to work harder to break down the plant, allowing it to focus on repairing, healing and detoxifying.
Eat more vegetables
Green smoothies are a simple way to increase your vegetable intake – allowing you to get a higher dose of plant nutrition than you could manage to eat in one day.
Green smoothies are super concentrated mixes of green vegetables and fruits. Also, green smoothies are often loaded with the kind of vegetables we don’t eat enough – dark leafy vegetables like cabbage and spinach.
Vegetables are nutrient dense . And when you drink a green smoothie, you consume the nutrients from the intact vegetables. We eat a lot of our cooked vegetables . Unfortunately, many vitamins are sensitive and are easily destroyed by cooking, so much so that they are often significantly reduced or lost during cooking. However, green smoothies are made from raw vegetables and lose nothing of their nutritional value.
While processed foods are often high in saturated fat and sugars, which are associated with inflammation, cancer, obesity, and a plethora of chronic diseases, vegetables, especially green leafy ones, are brimming with goodness.
Vegetables are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that protect the body against inflammation and help keep the body healthy.
Better skin, hair and nails
Green smoothies are full of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables , which help decrease inflammation and reduce acne.
Many people who consume green smoothies claim this . They often report healthier, shiny hair and strong nails as well.
This boost to beauty is probably due to the combination of increased nutritional levels in the diet (for example, vitamin A plays an important role in skin health) and eating less junk foods naturally.
Weight loss –
Fewer cravings and fewer snacks mean losing weight is easier .
Vegetables are nutrient dense and low in calories .
So if you take a low-calorie green smoothie for a snack or meal replacement, it can help you cut your calorie intake , while providing you with essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.