by Daniel,

The Smoothie Guy

One of my absolute favorite self-care activities is to start each and every day off with a freshly blended green smoothie!

I have enjoyed many health benefits from drinking them since 2014.

They are an easy way to get five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Green smoothies were instrumental in my 60 pound weight loss too.

Since drinking a green smoothie every day, my cholesterol dropped 25 points, my energy levels are through the roof, and my skin has a healthy, radiant glow.

Here are some of the top health benefits of green smoothies:

#1 all-Natural Weight Loss

It may come as a surprise to you, but green smoothies are an effortless way to lose weight. 

And here are two main reasons why:

First, replacing a meal each day with a green smoothie lowers overall calorie intake, while increasing fruit, vegetable, and fiber intake. 

Secondly, green smoothies help reset your taste buds so that you want to eat healthy, and you actually start craving healthy foods.

#2 Increased Energy

Green smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

Green smoothies provide B vitamins and magnesium that help support energy metabolism.

#3 Boost Fruit & Vegetable Intake

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases. Green smoothies are a quick and convenient way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without tasting them.

The fruit masks the flavor so even though all you taste is pineapple, mango, banana or strawberry, you are consuming a healthy dose of spinach, kale, or any other vegetable that you put in.

The average green smoothie contains 3-5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables.

#4 Boosts Nutrition

Green smoothies are jam-packed full of nutrients.

Well-balanced green smoothie recipes (like the ones found here) provide more than 100% of your daily value of vitamins A (as beta-carotene), C, and K. They also provide a good source of B vitamins (except B12), vitamin E, and folate.

As for minerals, green smoothies are an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and many other trace minerals.

Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. Your blender unlocks the nutrients and maximizes their delivery to your body more than chewing any salad could.

Green smoothies are quicker and more convenient than preparing and thoroughly chewing a salad.

#5 Strengthens Immune System

Increased fruit and vegetable consumption helps keep your body in optimum health. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some of the compounds found in certain foods help protect your body against disease.

Citrus fruits, cranberries, and ginger are the top immune-boosting smoothie ingredients.

#6 Excellent Source of Antioxidants

Green smoothies deliver a massive dose of health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses aganst disease, you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

To get the most antioxidants in your blends, try making your green smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates, acai, and cacao (raw chocolate).

#7 Supports Colon and Gut Health

Unlike juicing or drinking fruit juice, green smoothies contain the whole fruit and vegetable so that you get all of the fiber and nutrition.

Fiber is essential for good colon health. It feeds your beneficial gut microbes, supporting optimum digestion and a strong immune system.

#8 Good for Skin, Hair & Nails

A lot of say that their skin, hair, and nails look healthier and stronger while drinking green smoothies.

#9 Reduces and Combats Cravings

Green smoothies reduce cravings for junk foods, unhealthy sweets, salt, and fats. You will find that after a few weeks of drinking smoothies, you will crave healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables, and greens.

The sweet fruit in green smoothies satisfies cravings for sweets. If you crave chocolate, you can make green smoothies with healthy, raw chocolate (cacao).

#10 Anti-Inflammatory

Most fruits and vegetables have anti-inflammatory properties, so green smoothies are an excellent food if you suffer from inflammatory conditions.

Some of my followers report that drinking green smoothies every day reduces inflammation.

In addition to these health benefits, green smoothies are:

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    Easy to make and clean up after.
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    Taste amazing.
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    Will keep for a couple days (up to 72 hours) in the refridgerator.
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    Are fun to make and experiment with different fruit and vegetable combinations.

Green smoothies are life-changing!

Stay healthy!

- Daniel (the Smoothie Guy)

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