The Top Reasons to Drink a Green Smoothie

Start your morning off right by drinking a green smoothie, because they are packed with nutrients that are very beneficial to your health. Plus, you can tell all your friends why you are feeling more energetic and have a healthier digestive system. It will be easy to talk them into drinking green smoothies with you! A green smoothie ultimately tastes exactly like what you put  in it. If you do not like any of the fruits or vegetables individually, the smoothie will take a little getting used to. So with that said, let’s take a look at some of the top reasons to drink a green smoothie everyday!

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Reduce the risk of cancer by eating kale or spinach in your green smoothie. Much like other dark leafy vegetables kale and spinach have cancer fighting properties that help keep the bodies cells in tip-top shape. For example, a nutrient called Flavonoid is present in spinach to help fight against prostate, stomach and skin cancers. Kale has a high amount of vitamin A , which is important for bone health, and slowing down osteoporosis.

Reduce the risk of diabetes by including an apple and a pear in your green smoothie. Both fruits have a particular type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, that contribute to the color. Studies have proven that the antioxidant can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Anti-Inflammatory benefits are abundant in avocados and celery. Want to prevent arthritis? Then eat up! Avocados have other anti-inflammatory benefits consisting of Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces inflammation in blood vessels and joints. There are four additional types of anti-inflammatory benefits present in avocados including: phytosterols, carotenoids, non-carotenoids, and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols. All of these are highly important to our bodies.

Treatment is a benefit of lemons. This citrus fruit relieves constipation, treats a type of gum disease, called gingivitis; reduces water weight in the body, and can fight fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

Absorb nutrients and your body will be thanking you for it later. Bananas are not only packed with potassium and calcium but also effectively assists in “pulling out” the nutrients from the foods you eat and passing it along and into your body. Bananas contain insulin and fructooligosaccharide (FOS) that increases calcium absorption. Also, FOS and insulin work well together nourishing parts of the digestive tract to enhance the body’s ability to further absorb nutrients from the foods we eat.

Minerals are good for you. In addition to the apple and pear, coconut water in your green smoothie will add another bit of sweetness and its full of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. All minerals your body can use. As well as what’s called electrolyte potassium to assist with cases of diarrhea.

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Recipe:

1 apple (preferably green)

1 pear

1 half avocado

1 banana

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup coconut water

1 handful of spinach or kale

1 leg of celery

1 handful of ice cubes

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References:

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/5-top-health-benefits-of-kale/

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/11-health-benefits-of-spinach.html

http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/food-weight-loss/8-health-benefits-apples

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet

http://www.livestrong.com/article/522937-what-are-the-different-kinds-of-health-benefits-of-the-lemon/

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/8-health-beneits-of-bananas.html

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut-water.html

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/7-health-benefits-of-celery.htmldi

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