If you don’t have enough time throughout your day to consume the fruits and vegetables that can add to a well balanced diet, adding a smoothie here and there can be just what you need. One good way of making sure that we are consuming a sufficient amount of vitamins and nutrients is to put them in a smoothie. Aside from vitamins, there are several other benefits to adding smoothies to your weekly meal plan.
Smoothies can increase your intake of vitamins and nutrients, boost your metabolism, and help build muscle. When creating a smoothie there are no limits to the fruit and veggie combinations you can create. For example, Cherries reduce muscle soreness, support healthy sleep, and reduce healthy fat. Bananas pack a vitamin punch. Kale “the superfood”, promotes healthy skin & hair, and fights cancer. Protein powder preserves muscle, reduces hunger, and keeps fat at bay ( its best consumed 1 lb. of protein per every pound of body weight). In addition to the benefit of the added nutrients, a couple of smoothies can serve as extra meals to better boost your metabolism.
All smoothies aren’t created equal and it is important to use fresh and healthy ingredients. Some juices may contain lots of sugars and unwanted ingredients that are counterproductive to a healthy diet. Also if you ever are wondering why your smoothie is not as smooth as one from a store such as Smoothie King, well the type of blender you use has a lot to do with it. I use the Vita-mix blender, because it gives me a very smooth consistency for my smoothies. For some people a silky smooth-smoothie may not be important. The most important thing to keep in mind is the nourishment of our bodies.
Please stay tuned for some of my favorite smoothie recipes.