In this era of health and fitness, green smoothies are all the rage. They have been credited with a host of health and lifestyle benefits including weight loss, cutting cravings, lowering cholesterol, and increasing energy. It doesn’t hurt that in one smoothie you could get in 1-2 (or more) servings of your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables. And they taste great too!
But can drinking green smoothies really help you lose weight? Why yes, they can. There are many fad diets out there. Many promise fast weight loss, or 20 pounds off in 2 weeks. What they fail to tell you upfront is that you have to starve yourself for the 2 weeks to lose the weight. Eating a diet of only 500-600 calories a day is dangerous and unhealthy. While it may work in the short term, it is not sustainable. BUT, incorporating green smoothies into your diet is a lifestyle choice you can live with long-term, and you will enjoy it.
Green smoothies help you to lose weight in a healthy and safe way because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that are good for you and necessary for your body’s growth and stability. Adding one smoothie a day in place of a meal or snack can make it possible to lose weight fast, safely and easily without feeling like you are starving yourself or on a liquid diet. The bottom line is that with green smoothies you are not compromising your health to lose weight.
Did I mention that green smoothies taste great too! Don’t let the Kermit green color fool you! These drinks are simply delicious. Spinach is a very popular green to use, followed by kale. But you can use collards, dandelion greens, and broccoli too. That’s the beauty of preparing your own green drinks, you get to add YOUR favorite veggies. What veggies do you like? Add them in, give them a try.
Next, add in the fruits you love. Your sweet tooth is satisfied by all of the delicious fruit you put in there. Apples, pineapples, pomegranate, cherries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries… the list is endless. Just add what you love and your smoothie will be a one-of-kind healthy and filling treat. And don’t be afraid to try new fruits and vegetables and experiment with different tastes. The possibilities are truly endless.
And that’s not all. You can include other superfoods to add flavor or boost the nutritional value of your smoothie. These add-ons will not compromise the health of your drink, but rather enhance it. Chia seeds, flax seeds, omega-3 oil, dates, and protein powder all have nutritional value to add to your green smoothie based on your lifestyle needs.
The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to permanently change your lifestyle. The overall calorie intake in green smoothies is low because fruit and vegetables are much lower in calories, fat and sugars than any processed food you can splurge on. That is why temporary fad diets do not work. Green smoothies are not a sacrifice. They are a healthy addition to your diet. They are a lifestyle choice that you’ll enjoy every day.