5 BENEFITS OF GREEN SMOOTHIES
Article by Arooj Ali
Philosophy of People
Magazine: Issue #18
Introducing at least one green smoothie to your day can totally transform your health. Most people don’t get enough leafy greens, and drinking a green smoothie is a great way to get your greens without having to taste or chew them. As part of a healthy balanced diet you could get the following health benefits of green smoothies:
Benefits of Green Smoothies
1 :: They’re Easy
Just choose your fruit and veggies, throw them in a blender, and drink the smoothed mixture. OK, it’s not so easy if you don’t own a blender. In fact, it’s dashed difficult. Ever tried forcing raw spinach through a sieve? If you have a blender, then it takes no more time and effort to make a green smoothie than to drink one!
2 :: They’re Portable
Kept cool and sealed, most green smoothies will stay fresh for 24 hours or more. So with the right container, you can take a chilled green smoothie with you almost anywhere—work, the park, the gym, the train—to keep you refreshed. Glass or stainless steel containers are often suggested as the best storage options, so a vacuum flask might be the way to go if you want to keep your smoothie cool on the move.
3 :: They Fill You Up
If you’re the type of person who feels hungry again half an hour after demolishing a snack, the extra fiber in a green smoothie could be the answer to your appetite. And if you’re dieting, a green smoothie before your main meal of the day will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. Drinking plain water before a meal helps to fill you up, but the fluid-plus-fiber combination of a green smoothie works even better.
4 :: They Soothe Acid Indigestion
If you’ve ever felt the stab of heartburn or acid reflux, you know you’d drink just about anything to make it stop. Next time, try a green smoothie instead of plain water or milk. Green smoothies are naturally alkaline and might help to put out that burning pain in your chest.
5 :: They Trick You Into Being Healthier
Even if you don’t believe a word of the hype about green smoothies, believe this: doing anything that you think of as “healthy” affects the way you feel about yourself and your lifestyle. It gives you a psychological lift that can even bring your physical stress level down a notch or two.
On top of that, one purposely healthy action makes it more likely that you’ll do other healthy things, because the human mind just loves to be consistent. So drink that green smoothie and you’ll feel more inclined to try other recipes or get some exercise, too!
Philosophy of People is a compilation of self-improvement articles written by entrepreneurs seeking to bring holistic solutions to everyday problems. Read more articles from our 2nd Year Anniversary issue.
Arooj Ali, a certified nutrition consultant. Nutrition has been a passion of hers for longer than she can remember. Her interest began when she, herself suffered from a chronic heart failure condition and she has always understood nutrition to be at the core and foundation of health and wellness.