10 Health Benefits of Smoothies
This post includes ten health benefits of drinking smoothies, especially as a vehicle for superfoods and green leafy vegetables.
Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.
Potential Benefits of Smoothies
As I’ve experimented with various types of diets over the past several years, one of the staples in my everyday routine continues to be breakfast green smoothies (see my index of smoothie recipes), and this post contains ten reasons why.
Granted, it does take a little tinkering to find a smoothie recipe that you love, balancing the amount and types of ingredients you use, along with the extra add-ins that make them both nourishing and delicious. But, I promise, if you get started making smoothies, you’ll find at least one, if not many recipes, that you look forward to drinking.
The bottom line is that smoothies, especially green smoothies, can be one of the easiest ways to consume more vegetables, but in a super delicious way!
1. Great for kids and picky-eaters
Picky-eaters and/or “supertasters” love smoothies, even green smoothies. I should know because I’m both. I don’t love the texture or flavor of greens, but by blending them with fruit, I can’t even taste them! And, in fact, green smoothies can taste quite delicious.
Well, this is kind of obvious, but green smoothies are green for a reason. Greens have all kinds of nutrients. In particular, they are a great source of natural folate which most everybody could do with more of.
Green leafy greens aren’t the only vegetables that can be blended into a smoothie. Cauliflower and squash are great for smoothies too, with the added benefit of not being green! See my Peanut Butter Cauliflower Smoothie with frozen cauliflower and my Vegan Raspberry Cream smoothie with frozen squash.
3. Easily digestible
Blending make greens easier to digest, especially compared with chewing. I further improve digestibility by gently steaming the greens before adding them to the blender (I recommend a high-speed blender like a Blendtec).
If you need food that is easy to take on the road, smoothies fit the bill. I often have leftovers from my breakfast smoothie that I pour into a thermos and take with me for an easy snack.
In fact, when I was in the hospital for my thyroid cancer, I brought smoothies along with me and had them whenever I had to take medication or needed to eat (the nurses were so kind to store them in their employee mini-fridge for me).
5. Easy to make ahead of time
If I’m pressed for time in the morning, I’ll assemble most of my smoothie the day before, store it in the fridge, and just blend it in the morning. I even freeze the leftovers and just defrost them sometimes, too. (Have I convinced you that smoothies are the new fast food yet, hee hee)?
6. Superfood vehicle
Green smoothies are a great base to which I add all kinds of superfoods, including sprouts, powders, vitamins, etc. I even have a cancer-fighting green breakfast smoothie recipe.
- High-speed blender like a Blendtec
- grass-fed collagen protein powder
- sprouted pumpkin seed powder
- sprouted flax
- organic cocoa powder
- brazil nuts
- organic ceylon cinnamon
7. Nutrient diversity
You can add diversity to your overall diet with green smoothies, especially based on the season. In addition to rotating the type of greens I use to make sure I don’t get too much of a good thing, I also switch up the type of fruit I use, as well as my choice of add-ins. I always use healthy fats in my smoothies, too, which improves the absorption of the nutrients, as well as increasing satiation.
8. High adaptability
Outside of satisfying your general run-of-the-mill picky-eater, green smoothies can be really great for those on special diets, including those with allergies or food sensitivities. I always make my smoothies dairy-free, for instance. The key is adapting the ingredients to meet your individual needs.
9. Great source of plant-based or collagen protein
There are some fantastic plant-based protein powders on the market now, including the Sunwarrior brand, but you I also increase the protein content of smoothies through whole foods like hemp seeds, sacha inchi seeds, or your favorite plant protein source. I’m also a huge fan of collagen protein powders. Get creative and experiment!
10. High fiber content
Blended smoothies retain the fiber content of the fruit and vegetables. I believe this helps reduce the glycemic load from the fruit, too.
*Note: Even though this list includes some good arguments why I consider green smoothies health-promoting for me, it’s a good idea for you to take your own needs into consideration before adding them to your diet. In particular, you should discuss this with your doctor if you have a history of metabolic or kidney disease or are taking medications such as blood-thinners. You might also like this article, Are Green Smoothies Actually Healthy?
Feel free to check out my list of smoothie recipes that I’ve created over the years.
Happy blending, friends! Tell me about your favorite smoothie ingredients in the comments!