Why would someone actually want to replace a meal with a shake or a smoothie?
Many of us would probably flashback on the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, envisioning the unimaginable three course meal packed into a single stick of gum. True, it may be incredible; but why give up the comforts of sitting down at a table to the heavenly aroma of food that has been simmering for hours, for something as small and uneventful as a smoothie?
However, in a given group of people, individuals who choose smoothies over some other sugary drink would most likely agree their preference is swayed by its health benefits. Scientifically, drinking nutrients can be better than eating them.
To begin, the blender basically does all the chewing for you. Thus, smoothies improve digestion. Obviously, the body responds to healthy foods. Therefore, as long as the food you’re putting in your blender is natural fruits and vegetables, digestion will unquestionably improve.
Which leads to the next benefit: your body is receiving the daily need for nutrients in just one meal.
Combining several leafy greens like kale or spinach along with several bits of fruit, such as blueberries or pineapple, and finally adding coconut or almond milk, concludes your daily dose of nutrients. In return, physical and mental health thrives. Depending on what foods you decide to blend, your body will receive a number of essential vitamins and minerals (such as Vitamin C and Potassium, both of which can be found in a number of fruit and vegetables).
Consequently, the nutrients will work themselves from the inside out. Your heart, organs, and bones won’t be the only parts receiving benefits; outer appearance is going to shine as well. Keratin rich foods, such as kale, yogurt, and nuts, contribute to healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Overall, consuming the right amount of nutrients every day will lead to greater health benefits, improve outer appearance, and even contribute to more energy throughout the day.
Who doesn’t want to take advantage of a time saver (throwing ingredients in a blender is much faster than waiting for water to boil, asparagus to simmer, or potatoes to cook) and start replacing one meal a day with a smoothie?
Many people don’t know where to begin because it is a change of lifestyle. It’s a change of every day grocery shopping. It’s a change of meal planning.
However, it’s probably easier than most think.
While in the grocery store, hit the produce. Grab a variety of fruits and vegetables (but not too many, since using fresh ingredients is the best kept secret of a perfect smoothie). Buy almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and almond butter instead of peanut butter. Replace regular milk with almond or coconut milk.
There are hundreds of recipes online, but creativity is a huge option when it comes to smoothies. Toss in a favorite fruit, a vegetable that you otherwise wouldn’t eat (and probably won’t taste since it’s mixed with a variety of other ingredients), milk, ice, organic honey to sweeten, and blend until satisfied.
Replacing one meal with a smoothie is definitely something to try. Since not eating in the middle of the day may be difficult, drinking a smoothie in the morning would be beneficial and a perfect way to begin the day.
This article was written by McKenna Vietti, a writer for dusk magazine.