You might assume that healthy food can’t taste good too … and that goodies that taste good can’t possibly be healthy. But with a smoothie, you can have both.
Health nuts rave about them, post pictures of them, and regularly come up with interesting ideas for new ingredients, so you probably know that smoothies are something like a dieter’s dream. But do you really know the answer to “Why are smoothies good for you?”
Here are the top five reasons why sipping on a smoothie will help you get closer to your weight loss goal (and some great tasty combinations to try):
1. Green to the top
Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale are full of essential vitamins and minerals that will keep your body running at full speed, burn calories, and promote an active lifestyle. On busy days it can be difficult to get the recommended four daily servings of greens, but adding it to a smoothie does it easily.
2. Protein power
The most efficient source of energy for the day is protein. Low-fat or fat-free milk is a protein-rich base for smoothies. Modern milk alternatives such as almond and soy milk even get a boost with additional protein, depending on the brand. When you are recovering from a workout or just need an extra boost, you can add more protein with nut butter, whey, or seeds like chia or flax. (To make the protein in your smoothies even easier to pump up, try a Nutrisystem protein and probiotic shake!)
3. Fast and convenient
Eating healthy can be a challenge in our busy lives, but smoothies are a smart solution. Smoothies can be prepared in a few minutes and are perfect for on the go. Breakfast time is especially rushed in many households, but when the whole family grabs smoothies on the way out, you know that everyone (including you) started the day with a stomach full of vital substances. Smoothies are also great as an afternoon snack when you’re running to appointments and activities.
4. Very versatile
While smoothies are a great take away option, they can be enjoyed in many ways. Today people make smoothie bowls for breakfast, lunch, or as a pick-me-up after a workout. Like drinkable smoothies, smoothie bowls contain milk of various kinds that are mixed with fruits and vegetables – but they can be topped with crunchy ingredients like granola or coconut flakes that could otherwise clog a blender. Do you feel even more creative? You can also turn smoothies into healthy treats by pouring them into popsicle molds and freezing them.
5. Limitless diversity
The best ingredients for making smoothies are the ones you love, and the combinations are almost endless. You’ll never get stuck in a rut with the same old tastes. A small change in your ingredients can change the dynamics of the entire cup, so be a little experimenting.
In short, smoothies take the cool, creamy delicacies of a milkshake and combine them with a pinch of nutritious ingredients to create a sweet, filling drink that will fill you up and energize almost any time of the day. Hence, they are adored by many and deserve your attention.
Looking for fresh ideas? The following five smoothie recipes are among our favorites, and each is perfect for anyone following a Nutrisystem weight loss plan.
Nutritional Bonus: Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats that can help you feel full while keeping your blood cholesterol levels under control. Click here for the recipe! >
Nutritional Bonus: Mango skin (which you can include in your smoothie) contains a compound that prevents your body from storing fat, according to a study published in the scientific journal Food and Function. Click here for the recipe! >
Nutritional bonus: Spinach stimulates your body to produce the hormones that satisfy your appetite, say researchers at Lund University in Sweden. Click here for the recipe! >
Nutritional bonus: Coconut is rich in lauric acid, which your body burns instantly. Click here for the recipe! >
Nutritional bonus: ginger helps to stabilize your blood sugar level and prevents the surges that can lead to hunger pangs between meals. Click here for the recipe! >