Smoothies and the 6 Reasons they are Awesome
I am in heart with smoothies. I was turned on to this healthy lifestyle by my BFF IrieDiva, and my life has been transformed by it. I can now formally say that this is not a diet but a lifestyle change, I have never felt better, energized, glowing skin and better digestions. Here are 6 reasons why you should implement smoothies in your life.
1. Quick and Easy
It takes 10 minutes from start to finish to prepare and blend a smoothie. Take a day and do your prep work after you go shopping. For more on how to prep veggies and fruits read here.
Throw your ingredients in a blender or bullet what you want in the blender (my bullet is still in transit) and a little water or leftover juice and blend away.
2. Conserve Time
Smoothies can be used as a meal replacement which will save time cooking our sourcing that particular meal. Time spent in the kitchen will be reduced, especially if you are on a eat clean-living lifestyle. That kind of lifestyle has you prepping fresh meals every day or batch cooking. For me, I will always have to cook dinner because I am most definitely married to a Jamaican man who requires yams and dumplings. #nuffsaid
3. Kids Love Smoothies
If you have a toddler there is no end to the struggle to get them eating the right portions of the right fruits and veggies. I have learnt that combining all those nutrients in one tasty drink will alleviate that issue, especially with a picky eater. With smoothies you can control what they are exposed to in their diet, you can determine their sugar intake, portion sizes and so forth.
We spoke about how by replacing a meal you will conserve time, However replacing meals are a little more technical if your goal is to lose weight. Weight loss if not done correctly can cause nutrients loss and weight again. Here is where research and trial and error will come in. I have found if you track what you eat then you will be able to see what is working and what is not. Going on a smoothie “diet” can be a mental strain do your research. Later on, I will write a post on how I lost 20 lbs drinking smoothies.
5. Compact with Goodness
Smoothies are compact with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, sugars, amino acids and protein, which is dependent on what you put together.
6. Variety of Creations
Again, depending on what you need and how you feel or even what results you are targeting, in terms of your health, you can gauge what you put into your smoothies. If you have a sweet tooth you may do more fruits like apples, bananas and pears which have for sweetness. By the way, carrots are quite sweet too. If you know you hate veggies and you do not get enough you can incorporate more veggies like kale, carrots, and spinach. Almond milk, water or coconut water can change your go-to smoothie into something exotic and nuts, herbs and spices can give it a nudge in a different direction as well. My point is your creations are endless.
I have done all vegetable smoothies using honey to sweeten and then the following week I would do all fruit smoothies, for me, I have a sweet demon I just have to get my sugar fix. When you start out, take it slow and gradually introduce vegetables, nuts and herbs. Before you know it, you will just go all ham and start putting cheese and stuff in your smoothies. Sorry, I ain’t there yet!
For more smoothie recipes and tips and tricks head to my Pinterest board here or visit the first post in this series to get started here However, don’t forget to do your own research and learn what’s best for you and HAPPY BLENDING!!!