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A Healthy Smoothie Will Get You More Bang For Your Buck

Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11

Healthy SmoothieA healthy smoothie is one of the best ways for you to get the nutrients your body needs.

With one healthy smoothie you can get all your daily recommended vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micronutrients, and antioxidants. Granted, it would be a big smoothie, and slamming all those ingredients into one drink might make it taste a bit weird, but still; there aren’t many other drinks that can satisfy both your taste buds and your body.

Perhaps the best part of making a healthy smoothie is that the ingredients and therefore the taste and nutritional value are up to you. Feeling a little sick and you need an extra serving of vitamin C? Add an orange or a kiwi. Need an extra antioxidant boost? Add some blueberries. Low in iron? Add some coconut juice. Need some help digesting? Add some yogurt. Your healthy smoothie is only limited by your imagination.

Every great healthy smoothie starts with a smoothie base. Your smoothie base can be anything from water to low-fat ice cream (though low-fat ice cream starts to push the boundary of “healthy smoothie”). Use your healthy smoothie base strategically. If you are using it as a meal replacement and need the extra calories you can use a fruit juice. If you are looking to add a little more protein, use soy or almond milk. Regardless of the base you choose, adding ice can give your healthy smoothie a refreshing cold crunch.

Healthy smoothies can help to provide your daily-recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. According to nutritionists the average adult should have between 5-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Without the proper balance of nutrition your body can’t function properly. Also, diets rich in fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Not only can healthy smoothies help you meet your nutritional quotas they can also help to curb your appetite and lose weight. Most fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories. Plus, fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber has a two fold effect on your body: 1) It helps to keep your digestive tract running regularly; and 2) It makes your stomach feel fuller longer. Eating more healthy fruits and vegetables actually helps you eat less. A healthy smoothie gives you the advantages of eating foods with fewer calories and more fiber while still delivering the taste.

Whether you use a healthy smoothie as a supplement to your meal or a meal replacement, you can pack it full of the nutrition your body needs. Use a strategic base for the smoothie, add some ice, and then load up your favorite fruits and vegetables. You can create a healthy smoothie customized to fit your nutritional balance.

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Issue 11
September 17th, 2012
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