You’ve all heard the advise that incorporating green and leafy vegetables in your diet is beneficial for health. Not only does it give you the much-needed fiber requirement, which helps in digestion and increase your energy, it also aids in improving blood circulation.
Adding leafy greens to your diet, which are easy to digest, helps your body concentrate more on eliminating harmful toxins. This results to a lean and energetic physique, which allows you to enjoy other activities better.
But what if you’re the type who does not like to munch on their veggies? What should you do?
There are a lot of healthy smoothies available that incorporate green vegetables in its ingredients. Here are five of them:
1. Stomach-Cleansing Green Smoothie
This smoothie combines the digestive components of lemon with the detoxifying characteristics of mint for a powerful and healthy smoothie. Just blend the juice of 1 lemon with 4-inch piece of cucumber, 1-inch piece of ginger, ¼ cup of mint, three cups of water and ice and you get a refreshing detoxifying drink.
2. Ginger Pineapple Green Smoothie
The pineapple in the drink makes it perfect for those hot summer days. It also helps in digestion and increases blood circulation. In a blender, mix about three cups of frozen pineapples with three cups of spinach. Add a cup of frozen banana, one tbsp. of grated ginger and one tbsp. chia seeds. Blend and serve right after.
3. Orange Delight
Drinking this smoothie may not seem like you’re much but the ingredients in this drink actually packs a lot of antioxidants and vitamins. Start with ½ banana and place it on a blender along with 1 whole orange, peeled, 1-inch piece of ginger, 1 whole radish, peeled, ½ a lime, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 cup of water and leafy greens (choose from kale, spinach, cabbage, bok choy) then blend. Add mint and stevia then blend again. Serve immediately.
4. Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie
If you like Strawberry Banana smoothies then you’d definitely like this drink. It’s pretty much the same, only with additional healthy veggies to make it more nutritious. In a blender, combine ¾ cup of frozen strawberries, 1 large frozen banana, ½ cup of cucumber, peeled and sliced, 1 ½ cups of kale (or spinach) and 1 ½ cup of almond or soy milk. Blend and serve.
5. Mango Blueberry Green Smoothie
This drink combines the antioxidant nutrients of blueberries with the digestive enzymes of mangoes to create a powerhouse smoothie. Blend 1 banana, ¼ cup of frozen mangoes, ½ cup of frozen blueberries, a handful of spinach (or kale) and ½ cup of almond or soymilk.
Adding any of these healthy smoothies to your diet would definitely help your digestion and metabolism. You’ll feel lighter and full of energy to last you the whole day.