• Deanne Pandey

All the nutrition you need is in a glass!

We often plan our meals in a day so as to get the best nutrients and keep up with your fitness goals. This is because your nutrition and gut health plays a major role in all processes of the body. Smoothies can be a true game changer in planning your meals. They are delicious, can deliver a wealth of nutrients, and are ideal at any time of the day. The good news is you can make your own with healthy ingredients that meet your nutritional needs. A smoothie is a thick and creamy beverage and made from a variety of ingredients placed in a blender. The ingredients are pureed until you have a smooth concoction. One of the most excellent features of smoothies is that they can contain whatever is desired. It is typically made by fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, yoghurt, and oats. Here are a few reasons why you will find all the nutrition you need in a glass-

1. Increases consumption of fruits and vegetables

Eating enough fruits and vegetables is crucial to good health. One to two or three cups a day of each can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing some types of cancers, lower the risk of developing diabetes, and reduce cardiovascular and stroke risk.

2. Increases fiber intake

Fiber helps the digestive system and may help reduce the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer. Some high fiber foods to add to smoothies include raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, pears, apples, bananas, dark leafy green vegetables, chia seeds, sunflower kernels, ground flaxseed, and almond butter, to name just a few.

3. Can be a meal replacement

If on a weight loss program, smoothies made with healthy ingredients can replace a meal and provide essential nutrients. If you are too busy to eat and cook regular meals and want to avoid fast foods, prepare a container of smoothie ahead of time for quick consumption.

4. Can provide a nutritional balance of fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals

The key to achieving nutritional balance in a smoothie is to use fruits and vegetables as the primary ingredients, enhanced with healthy fats in seeds, nuts or nut butter, and protein.

5. Helps manage food cravings

One of the benefits of drinking smoothies for breakfast is that they can provide a source of energy and protein. Research studies have found that higher protein intake makes people feel fuller and reduces food cravings later in the day. Proteins are complex molecules that take longer to break down than carbohydrates, so they provide longer-lasting energy.

Check out this nourishing and healthy blueberry smoothie recipe that you can also make using any fruits of your choice-

You will need~

1 cup blueberries 1 banana cut into chunks 1 cup chopped spinach 2/3 cup 1-percent milk 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon of honey 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds or ground flax seed

All you need to do is place all the ingredients in a blender. Then puree until you get the desired consistency.

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