Need To Eat More Fruits & Veggies? Here, Drink This Smoothie
OK, so for my guy friends--I sincerely wish they'd come up with another name for smoothies. I feel like that name puts some men off of one of the very easiest ways to get the fruits and vegetables they know they need to be eating--and in such a delicious way. So, whatever you'd prefer to call it, and whether you're male or female, younger or older, just consider adding this nutrient-filled, often tasty, fruit and veggie blend to your daily routine.
Now, for those of us who are rather fond of fruits and vegetables, great. But either way, according to research from Harvard University, most of us aren't getting enough of them in our diets. By now it seems redundant to discuss the incredible, potentially life-saving benefits we get from the vitamins in these plant foods, but if you'd like a refresher, check this out.
Smoothies are one of my favorite go-to's when a.) I want to get a big dose of greens quickly and b.) when I want a healthful meal on-the-go and even c.) when I want something kinda sweet but still want the good nutrition.
Trust me on this, get a high-quality blender--it makes much better smoothies. I use a Vita-mix, which wasn't cheap but I love it and I see it as an investment. There are many quality blenders, though, that you can get for less. And listen--you can find so, so many smoothie recipes online. Word of caution: Stay away from those who add in a bunch of artificial sweeteners or, if you avoid dairy like I do, too much of that. We want mainly green, whole foods in our smoothies.
Here's one of my favorites I make at least 1-2 times per week:
Tara's Favorite Green Smoothie