Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been linked to improved health, and for good reason. Veggies and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals fiber and antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Drinking real fruit smoothies is a delicious and easy way to beat the summer heat and receive the health benefits of real fruits.
When preparing a real fruit smoothie, there are a variety of ingredients to choose from depending on your individual taste and health goals. However, be careful to select ingredients that are most beneficial to you and your health goals. Interesting nutrition facts about real fruit smoothies are mentioned below.
Features and benefits of fruit smoothies:
The nutrients in fruits are essential for our bodies, but there are many of us, who don’t consume the recommended daily allowance. Therefore, drinking your fruits is a great alternative to those struggling to eat the proper amounts daily. In short, the power of fruits is also their ability to enhance vitality and well-being, which in turn can make you look better and feel better about yourself. It is therefore not surprising that researchers, dieticians and the government advise us to eat five helpings of fruits and vegetables a day.
1. Rich source of fiber
Unlike vegetable and fruit juices, smoothies retain the fiber of the fruit which help control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and normalize bowel movements. Also, fiber works best when it absorbs water making a smoothie the perfect coupling to achieve the maximum benefits.
2. Large size smoothie can help you gain weight
If you are working out to increase your weight and muscle mass, then drinking smoothies to take in more calories is a delicious and easy option. Depending on the smoothie and ingredients, a typical large (600ml) smoothie will range from 350 – 500 calories while smoothies with weight gain formulas and higher calorie ingredients, such as ice cream or peanut butter, will typically range from 600 – 900 calories. If you are looking to gain weight while limiting the amount of fat, then be disciplined and select ingredient that will help achieve this goal. For example, choose a smoothie without ice cream or a sweetener that is high in sugar. Instead, include a weight gain powder that has a high calorie but low sugar content ratio. Alternatively, if you are looking to gain weight and bulk without much consideration of the amount of fat, then choose higher calorie ingredients such as ice cream, peanut butter, nuts, and cocoa in addition to adding a weight gain powder.
3. Yummy ingredients make it too tempting
There are many ingredients that can be used to enhance the taste of smoothie so be aware of exactly what is in your smoothie. If you are on a diet, then you may want to replace the typical sweetener (sugar, turbinado, or honey) with a lower calorie and sugar option that is natural such as Stevia or Agave. You can also add fresh or real fruits to enhance the natural sugar quantity as well. However, be mindful of the portion you are consuming so that you don’t exceed your target caloric intake during your diet. In other words, be vigilant of the ingredients and amounts going into your smoothie. Eventually, you may settle on your own exact recipe(s) and desired portion time and time again.
4. Miscellaneous advantages
When you are working hard to get in shape then a smoothie can be used as a meal replacement to help reduce calories and fat from your daily diet. However, again, you must be serenely aware of the ingredients being added to your smoothie in addition to a meal replacement powder. Fruit with lower glycemic levels are the ones that don’t taste as sweet as the others. For example, raspberries and blueberries are going to have lower sugar content than, for example, bananas and pineapple. Real fruit smoothies can be a great choice for your waistline but only if you select the proper ingredients and portion.
5. Be mindful of dairy products
Some people can’t digest dairy products easily and will want to exclude certain ingredients from their real fruit smoothies including fresh milk or yogurt. However, also be mindful of any powder ingredient(s) included in your smoothie. For example, most juice bars will offer ‘protein’ as an ingredient or an add-in to many of their smoothies. Typically, ‘whey protein’ is used which is derived from milk. So, if you are lactose intolerant, be sure to ask what type of protein is being used. If it is whey protein, then ask for an alternative to be used instead such as soy protein or pea protein.