Nutrition, Smoothies, Smoothies!

Health Perks of Green Smoothies


 

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  • Good way to get veggies in – for people who struggle to eat their veggies this is great! You can pack a lot of veggies into a couple of cups. You can also mask the taste of veggies by adding in fruits, although some greens have a very mild taste.
  • Good way to get fiber in – from what I have gathered, the juicing process removes fiber from the fruits and vegetables by removing the pulp. Blending leaves everything in it including fiber.
  • Low calorie and can be filling – If you mix in a cup of fruit and a half cup of oatmeal or other filler you still won’t usually break 300 calories.
  • can aid weight loss – fruits and veggies are often lacking from most peoples diets and the properties of many can help rev up your metabolism.
  • lower blood pressure – potassium can help reduce high blood pressure by reducing the impact of sodium which is a large contributor to high blood pressure. You can find good amounts of potassium in spinach, beet greens, tomatoes, carrots, & Brussels sprouts to list a few.
  • can prevent/lower risk of heart disease – by lowering your blood pressure you end up lowering you heart disease risk to an extent.
greens & carrots
Spinach & carrots

There are a couple of downsides floating around about green smoothies, however from what I have read and learned have little bearing. A couple of these downsides are said to be elevated glucose levels, high calories, and the biggest “concern” is the development of kidney stones from the oxalates in the greens. I may post about the whole oxalate bit in the future. I will say that the best way to combat that last statement is to simply rotate your greens and exhibit the amazing thing that is moderation.

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