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19 Mar 2016

Lose Weight With Green Smoothies!

 I know what you’re thinking: A green smoothie? It’s green and full of vegetables, it will taste terrible. I thought this too yet, after intending to try them for ages, I finally bit the bullet. And it was delicious!

Not only are green smoothies delicious and very easy to make, but they are extremely nutritious. The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on which ingredients you use, but most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Many people struggle to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, and green smoothies are a way of easily adding more fruit and veg into your diet. Furthermore, green smoothies will give you energy and help to keep you full without consuming too many calories. Therefore, as well as keeping you healthy, they may assist with weight loss. They are also better for you than green juices as juices lack the fibre that smoothies retain. On top of this, making your own green smoothies is cheaper and healthier than buying them at juice bars.

There are ways to make your green smoothies taste delicious, rather than just tasting of vegetables. First, ensure that you have the correct fruit: veg ratio; the usual ratio is 60:40 but you may wish to start off with a ratio of 70:30. It's best to use sweet fruits such as pineapple or strawberries, as you will then be able to enjoy the smoothie without adding any sort of sweetener. Some greens also have a stronger taste than others, for example the taste of spinach is easily masked by the fruit,r your first few smoothies, as they are likely to contain ingredien but other greens such as kale have stronger tastes. You should still include kale but in smaller quantities. Using ‘creamy’ fruits will make a big difference to the texture of your smoothie, so try to include something creamy like banana, peach, pear or avocado. 

Recipes

Fruity spinach and kale smoothie

This is my personal favourite, and it’s a good one for newbies as it just tastes of fruit! If you have never tried kale before, I would really recommend it. Kale is low in both calories and fat, but high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, making it a really healthy food which everyone should try include in their diets and this is the perfect way to do just that.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

1 cup of spinach

1.5 cups of kale

10 strawberries

1 chopped mango

Juice of 1 orange

1/3 of a cup of greek yoghurt

1/4 of a cup of water

Peel, wash and chop all of your fruit and vegetables. Put it all into a blender- liquids first, followed by leaves, and finally add the fruit. Blend it up and it’s ready to drink!

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