Facts on the Health Benefits of Smoothies

Here’s some information you may not have known about smoothies 🙂

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Good Smoothies Are Nutrient-Dense and Contain Fat

The best smoothies are nutrient-dense, providing vitamins and oils necessary for good nutrition. Fat is required for biological functions and burned by your body for energy; a good smoothie should have some dietary fat. Simply blending a banana with ice and skim milk does not make a good smoothie; there is almost no fat for the body to use in assimilating the vitamins, and there is little nutritive content at all. A healthy smoothie contains egg yolks, coconut oil, cream or other nutrient-dense foods. Smoothies are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition you need.

Smoothies Help Keep You Hydrated

A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated at the start of the day, something soda and coffee won’t do. Since your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated, you won’t have to drink water when you’re sipping on a smoothie (especially a homemade one without sugar). Milk and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy-based, you’ll quench your thirst. This is especially handy if you only have one cup holder on your commute. In hot weather, add a few ice cubes to the blender for extra water.

Milk-Based Smoothies Provide Calcium

Smoothies made with dairy products as the bulk provide calcium for bone strength. Try whole milk, whole milk yogurt or kefir. The cultured milk products are good sources of probiotics and live cultures. Eight ounces of milk provide almost a third of your daily requirement of calcium. Choose whole milk products rather than skim for optimal nutrition. The health benefits are questionable at best, while whole milk contains the fat and vitamins needed to assimilate calcium and protein found in milk.

Healthy Smoothies Are Simple to Make

When you have a good blender and easily accessible, quality ingredients, making a delicious, healthy smoothie is a snap. Start with 8 to 16 oz. of milk or yogurt. Add a couple raw egg yolks (use fresh, organic farm eggs and wash the shells to avoid salmonella) and 1 tbsp. of extra virgin coconut oil. Next comes the fun part. Choose several ingredients, such as a banana, cup of berries, shredded coconut, frozen fruit, vanilla extract or other fruit and flavor combination. Fresh pineapple with shredded coconut is quite tropical; strawberries and fresh cream make a great summer treat. Blend ingredients together until liquid; pour into a cup, thermos or travel mug.

Smoothies Make a Healthy Breakfast on the Go

A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent, on-the-go breakfast choice. You can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work, school or your home office. Drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty carbohydrates in the form of donuts and removes the temptation of the drive through. If you have trouble taking cod liver oil by itself, add a teaspoon to your smoothie–you’ll never notice the difference and you’ll add a great dose of essential fatty acids as well as vitamins to your nutritious morning meal. In fact, a nutritious smoothie packs more usable nutrition than most multivitamins.

Sourced from – http://www.livestrong.com/article/2699-facts-health-benefits-smoothies/

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