What’s up with this green smoothie fad?
Green smoothies are becoming more and more popular as they actually work if you’re trying to lose weight. AND they taste good. Here’s why they’re so in right now.
Get your dose of fruits and veggies
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 easy way to get your vegetables and dark, leafy greens without actually tasting them.
The fruit masks the flavor so even though your smoothie has mostly veggies, you’ll be tasting fruit! Be careful not to add too much fruit, half a cup of berries or an apple is ideal. Your smoothies should contain slightly more veggies than fruit so that you’re not taking in a lot of sugar.
Frozen cucumber slices are a good way to sweeten up your smoothies in place of ripened banana. Adding one quarter or one half of an avocado can help you get good fats and fill you up and thicken up the smoothie. Rotate your greens—spinach is great but you want to change it up with kale and other leafy greens to get the right balance of vitamins and nutrients. Green smoothies are stress-free since there are no hard and fast rules—as long as your smoothie is green, you’re good to go!
Boost that 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. You’ll also feel more energy when exercising!
Curb your appetite
You’ll feel so satisfied, without feeling bloated or overfull, and won’t feel the need to snack as often. Think of it like you’re getting all the good stuff you should be getting from a meal, without the bad stuff, and STILL feel satisfied!
Crave less junk food
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.
In addition to all these health and weight loss benefits, green smoothies are:
- easy to make and clean up after
- taste delicious
- can be stored in the fridge for a day or two
- are fun to make since you can experiment with different fruit and veggie combos
If your ultimate goal is weight loss, then remember that it’s better to eat your calories instead of drinking them since by eating, your digestive system will work harder to burn those calories. So you shouldn’t add coconut oil or nut butters to your smoothies, it’s better to drizzle coconut oil on salad and spread nut butter on bread or celery.
Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without starving yourself. Green smoothies are also great complements to Viance’s 3-stage weight loss program, especially if you’re making them for dinner or after your workout.
After drinking green smoothies for a few weeks, you’ll notice that your cravings for junk foods will greatly reduce and you’ll actually begin craving healthy food options!
Here are some yummy green smoothie recipes to get you started. Cheers!