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Blend it Up

PROHealth
6/22/2014

green_smoothie.jpgHave you had your nutritious (maybe even green) smoothie today?  Smoothies are thick, almost shake-like, drinks made of mostly fruits and vegetables, that can pack a powerful punch of nutrients. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to add some feel-good nutrition into your diet. However, “buyer beware,”  not all smoothies are created equal. A smoothie is only as healthy as its ingredients.  Many prepackaged concoctions or smoothies purchased from fast food restaurants are not all that they claim to be.

The healthiest smoothie is one that contains whole foods.  The American Cancer Society recommends between 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Whole food based smoothies are packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory, immune boosting nutrition.  By starting your day with a fiber-filled glass of nutrients, you may find your energy and focus increase and your cravings for less desirable snacks and treats decrease.

Start with your favorite fruit.  The fruit determines the flavor and texture of your smoothie. Pineapple, berries, mango, frozen bananas, avocado, etc. are all great choices.  Frozen fruit will give your smoothie an icy texture without watering-down the flavor.

Go green!  Add a few leaves of spinach, kale, romaine or other greens to your fruit-based smoothie to give it an extra kick of nutrition.  Although the color may change, the fruit will mask the flavor of the greens.  It’s an easy way, especially for veggie resistant folk, to add-in a serving or more of vegetables!

Try out some new and different nut milks for a base liquid.  Unsweetened almond, coconut or cashew milks are delicious.  Water, coconut water and 100% juice can also be used and will give your smoothies slightly different flavors and textures.

Ready for some super news?  ProEx is having its next ProEx for Life Challenge this month, and it’s a 3 day smoothie challenge!  Join in the fun and look forward to feeling great!

Simple Green Smoothie

•    1 frozen banana
•    1/2 -1 cup frozen strawberries
•    1 spoonful of almond butter
•    Coconut water or unsweetened vanilla flavor almond milk
•    1 handful of spinach or kale
•    ice (optional)

Sources:

Thescienceofeating.com
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/green-smoothies-health-benefits-recipes-article-1.1397446
http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/health-benefits-smoothies-4857.html
http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/green-smoothie-health-benefits/

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