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Monday, July 1, 2013

Smoothies are Better than Juices

Juicing is all the rage these days, and for good reason. They are convenient, tasty, and healthy. But, smoothies are definitely superior to juices. I promise, I'm not just saying this because I can't afford a juicer -- there are some serious health benefits to drinking smoothies!

Smoothies have more nutrients
The skin of many fruits contains a plethora of added nutrients. An apple, for example, has higher quantities of Vitamin C and A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron when consumed with the skin (livestrong). Juicers leave the skin behind, so you're missing out on vitamins and minerals.

Smoothies are higher in fiber
Fruits are natural sources of fiber. However, when the pulp and skin is stripped from fruit and vegetables (when juicing), most of the fiber is too. Fiber is important for your body's digestion system.

Smoothie bases are an extra source of nutrients
Smoothies often have a base of yogurt or milk, which adds calcium and protein. This makes smoothies are more complete meal substitute and keeps you full even longer. Just beware of adding sugary or sweetened yogurt, which can turn a healthy smoothie into an unhealthy one. 

Smoothies can be a great meal or snack substitution because they are made with whole fruits and vegetables and are nutrient rich. I love to have one for breakfast! As with any beverage, make sure that you're watching your portion sizes. And, switch up the contents of your smoothie so you're mixing up the health benefits of eating different fruits. Keep reading for one of my favorite smoothie recipes!

1 peach
1 apple
1 kiwi
1/2 mango
1 large handful of spinach

Rinse your fruit and dice them, removing the skin from the mango. Add them to your blender. Rinse your spinach and remove any long stalks. Roughly chop the spinach and add to your blender (I find that chopping helps the spinach blend easily.) Blend until smooth and combined, then serve over ice. Even though the spinach makes the smoothie look bright green, all you'll taste is fruit. Enjoy!

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