GOT GREEN SMOOTHIE?
Some tips for getting the most bang for your nutritious buck from your awesome glass of nature!
I used to take all morning to drink my smoothies or green drinks (now combined into one green smoothie). I’d leisurely read the paper and start my laundry with my green smoothie by my side – taking my sweet time! Sometimes it would take me up to two hours to devour the whole glass! Then (years ago) I overheard someone at Whole Foods telling a customer how crucial it was to “DOWN THAT MOTHER” as quickly as possible in order to reap all of the amazing benefits. So I went on an investigation and here’s what I found out!
(CONTINUE READING HERE) Did you know that as soon as you make a fresh green drink/smoothie – its live enzymes begin to degrade due to exposure to air? This significantly decreases the nutritional content! Drink it RIGHT AWAY!
Another tidbit: Drinking smoothies on an empty stomach allows the vitamins and minerals to go straight to your bloodstream. Having food in your stomach prevents your body from quickly absorbing the nutrients from your smoothie! Ideally you should go 2-3 hours without food before drinking (easiest is first thing in the morning!) and then wait at least an hour after your smoothie to eat, to fully reap the nutritional benefits!
Another point worth noting: Adding nuts can be DELICIOUS in your smoothie, adding some yummy protein. But while a little fat (from the nuts) digests just fine with the fruit you may add to your green smoothie, too much fat can cause gas and bloating. Pay attention to how you feel after drinking your smoothie and cut back on the amount of nuts if you notice these lovely symptoms. 🙄
Lastly, if you (or someone you know) doesn’t like veggies, green smoothies are a great solution! If your smoothie ratio is 40% greens and 60% fruit, they won’t even know the veggies are in there! It’s a win-win!
Drink up! 😀