Smoothies are quite the thing right now!
Celebrities are sharing their secret recipe (Blake Lively and her beet detoxifying smoothie, Gwyneth Paltrow and her peachy protein smoothie and many many others!).
We’ve also seen some of our friends posting pictures of these healthy beverages on social medias. You can order them at any trendy coffeeshop…
We won’t lie; we think it’s good news!
Sure, smoothies help reduce cravings and improve hydration.
But that’s not all! Did you know that smoothie can also :
1. GIVE A HEALTHY GLOW
Depending on what you decide to put in your smoothie, it can help you have a nicer and fresher skin tone. Add some mango, orange, pumpkin or carrot to your blend: they are full of carotenoids which play a role in skin’s condition.
2. HELP WITH IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
And many other digestive problems, actually! You see: as smoothies are liquid, they make it easier for your body to break down the nutrients of the veggies and fruits they contain and to digest. Also ingredients such as spinach, kale, celery, carrots, strawberries and blueberries are full of alkaline which help reduce the discomfort of acid reflux.
3. PROMOTE FIBERS’ CONSUMPTION
With all the fruits and veggies they contain, smoothies are a really good source of fiber and help you consume the 25 grams to 30 grams that are recommended daily. And why are fibers are so important for your body? They help digestion, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Where can you find them? In many many fruits and veggies. To name a few: avocado, dattes, apples, berries, pears…
4. DIVERSIFY YOUR NUTRIENTS’ INTAKE
The more varieties of (organic) veggies and fruits you put in your smoothie, the more nutritious it gets and the more it can help your body get rid of some toxins that your liver and/or blood might have accumulated. Learn more about papayas, beets or garlic for example; you’ll be surprised by their numerous virtues!
5. REDUCE RISKS OF DIABETES
Studies have shown that smoothies can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, especially when you add leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, sprouts, etc.) to your mixture.
Now we get why drinking smoothies is kind of a big deal. We can’t wait to activate the blender and make some!
But hey! Don’t forget: smoothies can quickly become too sugary and high-calorie when you add sweet things like sorbet, sweetened juice or sweetened yogurt. Keep it simple, organic and natural. Your body will be happy!
By Cloé Lachapelle