Everyone seems to be talking about the importance of healthy diet, but the truth is most people find it too difficult or too time consuming to really follow the principles of healthy eating in their busy daily schedules. Shopping for and preparing healthy recipes can really be overwhelming, especially in the beginning, when you have to change your ingrained habits of relying on convenience foods of questionable nutritional value.
Still, itâ€™s worth it to keep trying, as once you develop a daily or weekly routine and stick with it for a couple of weeks, it will likely become your new habit, so you will no longer have to think about it â€“ it will just be a natural part of your life.
Green Smoothies For Health
One habit that can dramatically improve your health and make your life much easier is drinking green smoothies. Green smoothies are simply smoothies made from fruits, vegetables and greens, in various combinations.
Green smoothies are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people experience the benefits of increasing the consumption of fresh, raw foods in their diets. They are delicious, easy to prepare and probably the healthiest and fastest way to lose weight.
Leafy greens are a food group that is especially beneficial for our health, and yet very few of us actually eat them on a daily basis. Even those of us who eat their salad every day, probably not eat enough of these super-foods. And letâ€™s face it, how many of us eats kale, collard greens, or dandelion greens on a regular basis?
Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes
Good combinations to start with are banana-strawberry-spinach, banana-blueberry-parsley or pear-celery-spinach. All sweet fruits and greens will work in green smoothies, so donâ€™t be afraid to experiment and create your own delicious recipes.
As far as greens, itâ€™s best to start with small quantities of mild tasting greens, such as spinach, and then increase the amounts and start adding more savory greens, such as arugula (itâ€™s delicious!), Swiss chard, kale, or other. Keep in mind that you need to rotate your greens, so use a variety of greens for best health benefits. Also, some greens are really tough, so youâ€™ll need a powerful blender to achieve smooth consistency.
This recipe is super easy to prepare. All you need is a good blender and these ingredients:
- 1-2 bananas
- 1/2 cup strawberries (or other berries, can be frozen)
- a handful of spinach
- 1 cup water
Put the ingredients into the blender, blend and enjoy!
Donâ€™t let the color fool you! It is sweet and filling â€“ even you fussy kids will love it!
Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies
The great thing about green smoothies is that they are quick to prepare and drink (although you should take time to â€œchewâ€ your smoothie, and not just gulp it down). The whole routine will just take 10-15 minutes, which is a tiny investment compared to the benefits that you will experience. Increased energy, weight loss, clear skin, fewer colds, better elimination, fewer allergies are just some of the benefits that you will likely experience when you add green smoothies to your daily routine.
Itâ€™s a quick, easy, and yummy way to get a big dose of vitamins and minerals, plus it tastes DELICIOUS!