Ever since my mother purchased a Vitamix blender, our house has seen A LOT of smoothies. And when I say a lot, I mean that if my mother had her way, we’d probably eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At first, I thought she was going a little bit crazy, but after thinking about it I realized that drinking more smoothies may not be a terrible idea after all, especially in summer. Here’s why:
Smoothies have a TON of nutrients! Since we end up putting almost every fruit and/or veggie under the sun into that blender, the smoothies that we make have a bunch of amazing nutrients with relatively few calories, AND it’s really easy to consume because it fits into one glass. In daily life, it’s often hard to fit in all our servings of fruits and veggies (or even other food groups!), so throwing many portions into a blender is a quick and easy fix.
They are EASY. Besides the noise of the blending, smoothies are completely painless to prepare and make! Just toss in the fruit, liquids, yogurts, etc (sometimes we even put oats and other grains into our smoothies) and you’re good to go. This also makes them great for meals on the run and makes them the perfect healthy option for those of us (like myself!) who can’t be bothered to turn on the stove/oven in the hot summer months.
They help keep you hydrated. In the summer, this is especially important. Although not as great as just grabbing a bottle of water, smoothies often contain tons of fruits and veggies with a high water content, which means that your body will be more hydrated when you consume a smoothie for breakfast as opposed to a regular meal. Not to mention, smoothies need liquids to make them viscous, so you’ll be getting additional hydration there as well! (We usually just use water or soy milk.)
The one caveat to smoothies is that they need to be made with healthy ingredients to give you the best nutritional results (sorry, no ice cream!). But once you decide what you’d like to put in your smoothie, the possibilities are endless!
Click here for some awesome smoothie recipes!
What are your favorite summertime foods to put in a smoothie?
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