How to Make Green Smoothies a Holiday Tradition
One of the best ways to avoid all the tasty treats that are so readily available during the holiday season is to make your own, healthy snacks and drinks. There are plenty of healthy snack options to pick from, including nuts, fruit, vegetable sticks, homemade granola and low-fat yogurt. At the same time, with a little effort, you can create a power-packed green smoothie that offers innumerable health benefits and gives you plenty of energy to get you through the day.
Dark green leafy vegetables include collard greens, kale, spinach and mustard greens. You can use one, two or more greens in your smoothies or alternate between different greens for variety. Be sure to add some fruit for extra nutrition and great taste; some fruits you may want to consider blending with the greens of your choice are bananas, pineapple, apples, pears, dates and mango.
Greens should be added piecemeal while you are blending to ensure that they are fully blended. Additionally, the greens should not make up more than 40% of any smoothie. You do not need to add sugar if you add sweet fruit to your smoothie; however, those who do want to add additional sweetening should stick to healthy sweetening options such as honey or brown sugar.
It can be challenging to include greens in your diet as they have a strong taste and can be difficult to cook. At the same time, these vegetables are rich in iron, magnesium and Vitamins A, B, E, K and D. They also contain plenty of fiber to keep your digestive system in good working order. If you want to add extra nutrition to your diet and cut back on unhealthy snacks in order to lose weight, there is hardly a better way to start than making and drinking green smoothies throughout the day.
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