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Smoothies: Why You Should Drink More

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We all know that smoothies are delicious and good for you, but why pay a lot for them when you can make your own? Not only is it fun, but you get a lot of added health benefits as well.

One obvious benefit to smoothies is Fiber, which is essential in cleaning out your insides and keeping you about as regular as Old Faithful. Drinking fruit smoothies can help you reach the recommended daily intake of fiber, which is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. One serving of fruit typically contains two to four grams of fiber with blackberries, pears and apples having the highest concentration of five to seven grams per serving. The soluble fiber found in fruit helps slow digestion and may help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals are another reason that smoothies are good. Vitamin C helps your immune system and synthesizes collagen that aids in the framework of your body. Potassium supports your heart function and helps maintain a normal blood pressure, while folate promotes healthy cells. In addition, particular antioxidants in fruit decrease inflammation, while phytonutrients help fight off disease. Beta Carotene and Magnesium round out the laundry list of healthy essentials that are found in perfect smoothie fodder.

Fruits that are perfect for the smoothie treatment are:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honey Dew

Besides the fruit, however, it’s also important to have a base on which to build the smoothie. This can include anything; milk, juice, water, and even yogurt. Personally, I use Orange Juice, Greek Yogurt (Chobani) and a little ice just to chill the drink down. This is especially refreshing in the Summer, and if made right, one smoothie could last you all morning. The sky’s the limit. So get wild, go make your own and let me know what you think!

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Author: NJ_Chef

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and aspiring food-writer. 28-year old chef, blogger, eSports fan, gamer, jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

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