Not all smoothies are made with fruit only. There is a line of smoothies that add vegetables, in particular, green veggies,
thus the term “green smoothies.” Going on the smoothie diet ensures the body will get plenty of fruit, which is good because as discovered above, fruit contains many good nutrients. However, vegetables are just as good and contain added nutrients, some even higher in antioxidants than fruits. Many people though may turn their nose up at the thought of drinking a pureed vegetable, thinking it will not taste good.
Or perhaps they feel only the diehard nutrition ‘freaks’ are the only ones to drink such smoothies. But the truth is vegetables are a great addition to the ingredient list for smoothie recipes. They do add their own flavors, but often, the fruit and dairy will overpower the vegetable. This allows the benefit of eating their vegetables but only tasting the fruits.
Raw vegetables are the most nutritious. When we cook vegetables, they lose some of their nutrition. Since creating smoothies requires raw ingredients, the nutrition derived from vegetables is high. The benefits of drinking a diet smoothie made with vegetables are powerful. Again, there are pre-packaged green smoothies, but often the veggies included in these are processed and pasteurized, and this causes the vegetable to lose its nutritional benefits. It is better to stick with making all smoothies from scratch to derive the most nutrition.
This causes a host of problems in the body starting with deficiencies of the essential vitamins and minerals we need in order to stay healthy. People think they can gain their nutrients from swallowing supplements, but the benefit is not the same. The best way for the body to get these vital nutrients are by eating highly nutritious whole foods, mainly fruits and vegetables. Consuming green smoothies, smoothies with vegetables gives the body added vitamins A, B, C, and K as well as folate, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, and zinc.
Vegetables help with weight loss and maintenance. The added vegetables in the smoothies make them more satisfying and thus people are not as hunger after consuming them and are able to make it to their next snack or meal without being too hungry in between. A really good green