Most people go their whole day without eating anything green, unless it is the green-colored piece of peppermint gum they chew on their way to work. When it comes to healthy living, green is definitely making a comeback. It is hard to look at any health site or Pinterest without seeing hundreds of recipes for green smoothies.
While green smoothies may seem like the latest health craze, they also offer a lot of health benefits. The idea behind green smoothies is to help individuals consume more dark leafy green vegetables without having to eat bowl after bowl of salad. Just blend a few cups of greens with some milk and a banana, and you can easily get all of the nutrition you need for the day.
If you aren’t convinced yet to try green smoothies, here are four health benefits that are sure to win you over.
- They Fill You Up: The worst thing about trying to lose weight and stay inside a calorie range is the fact that you always seem hungry. This is especially true if you are starting a new healthy eating plan. Your body will have to get used to the new way of eating, but will try to rebel by sending out hunger pangs and cravings. A green smoothie is full of fiber, yet low in calories and fat (depending on what recipe you make). Try drinking a green smoothie before your main meal to eat less calories overall.
- They Can Help Prevent Kidney Stones: Kidney stones, while not life-threatening, are very miserable to endure. Studies have found that men on higher calcium diets were less likely to get kidney stones. Green smoothies are made with mostly spinach or kale, which are both great sources of calcium.
- They Keep Your Colon Moving: No one likes to talk about bathroom habits, but they are an essential part of good health. The fiber in these green smoothies will have your colon working as it should in no time. It is best to drink a green smoothie first thing in the morning, for the most benefits.
- They Can Help Acid Reflux: Heartburn is hard to deal with, especially when you have chronic indigestion. Green smoothies can help keep heartburn away in two ways. First, since these smoothies are healthier, they are less likely to cause a flare up. Second, since green smoothies contain a lot of leafy greens, they are alkaline which can combat your stomach acid.
So, what are you waiting for? Mix up your favorite smoothies today with a small handful of baby spinach or kale. Chances are you won’t even taste it!
Always consult your primary care physician prior to implementing any dietary changes.
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