Here are few benefits of The Smoothie Life
1. Smoothies Help Keep You Hydrated
A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated at the start of the day, something soda and coffee won't do. Your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated. Drinking water is very important to any healthy diet regimen, but if you are like me and tend to forget, smoothies are a good way to get water in you. Milk and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy based, you’ll quench your thirst. In hot weather, add a few ice cubes to the blender for extra water.
2. Milk-Based smoothies Provide Calcium
Smoothies made with dairy products as the bulk provide calcium for bone strength. Try whole milk or whole milk yogurt, or both! Cultured milk products are also good sources of probiotics and live cultures known to have health benefits such as reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol A cup of milk provides almost a third of your daily requirement of calcium.
3. Healthy Smoothies Are Simple to Make
This is the best part about The Smoothie Life, the simplicity! When you have a good blender and easily accessible quality ingredients, making a delicious, healthy smoothie is a snap. Start with 1-2 cups of milk or yogurt. Next comes the fun part. Choose several ingredients, such as bananas, pineapples, berries and vegetables too.
4. Smoothies Make a Healthy Breakfast on the Go
A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent, on-the-go breakfast choice. You can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work or school or in your home office. If you are trying to lose weight, drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty calories; you are prone to make better food decisions when you start the day right!
Smoothie of the Week: Banana and Strawberry
4 large strawberries or ½ a cup of strawberry yoghurt
½ cup milk
5 ice cubes
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sssence
Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth, pour yourself a glass and enjoy!
Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fibre, which makes them ideal as an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.
Bananas have the perfect combination of potassium and sodium. Both are electrolytes and assist in functions such as muscle contraction in the heart. The US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalise the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs.
The dietary ﬁbre in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.
Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants. These are substances that remove potentially damaging oxidising properties from the body. These properties are known as free radicals and are by products of the body’s regular functions. Antioxidants are vital to fighting these off so they don’t cause any damage to healthy cells.