What’s all the fuss about Green Smoothies?
Regular Fruit Smoothies Vs. Green Smoothies + Green Smoothie Challenge
So the first time I heard about green smoothies I was quite dubious to say the least. I loved smoothies but drinking vegetables did not sound in the least appetising.
Throughout my early teens to mid-twenties I was someone who LOVED smoothies and smoothie bars and regularly drank smoothies in addition to my meals throughout the week.
It wasn’t until I started making other changes in my diet that I realised the good intentions I had, while gulping down these smoothies were lost due to the fact they weren’t so good for my health after all. I loved fruity smoothies, and didn’t really stop to question what was in them. Majority of the smoothies I had were masked as healthy options but were packed with insane amounts of sugar.
Once upon a time my very favourite smoothie was Strawberries and Cream from Boost Juice, which seemed pretty innocent in theory.
Looking at the ingredient list it seems pretty healthy.
Ingredients: Low Fat Milk, Strawberries, Vanilla Yoghurt, Sorbet, Ice
But when we break it down a little further the ingredients become not so innocent and barely recognisable:
TD4 Vanilla Yoghurt.
Ingredients: Water, Yoghurt (18 %) [Fresh Skim Milk, Liquid Sugar (Sugar, Water), Milk Solids, Fresh Cream, Thickener (440), Live Yoghurt Culture], Liquid Sugar (Sugar Water), Milk Solids, Fresh Cream, Acidity Regulator (270), Emulsifier (471), Thickeners (412, 415, 410, 407a), Natural Flavour.
Ingredients: Water, Liquid Sugar (Sugar, Water), Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Dextrose (Maize), Thickeners (410, 412), Emulsifier (471).
So basically I was drinking sugar, sugar and more sugar.
If drinking a 600ml serving you are looking at 1680 kJ with 64.6 g sugar.
That is just over 16 teaspoons of sugar in one drink which is about 3 times over our recommended daily sugar intake.
To put this in context a Strawberry Shake the same size from McDonald's only contains 2 more grams of sugar at 66.6grams. Did I mention that is a Shake? Not a smoothie, a shake. So how can that smoothie possibly be healthy?
Despite having good healthy intentions, you may often be misled by marketing. As you can see smoothies can be really unhealthy but the right type can be fantastic for your health. This is where green smoothies come in.
- Green smoothies can be either drank in addition to regular meals as a snack or as part of a meal: for breakfast/lunch or even dinner.
- Green smoothies are generally nutrient-dense yet low in calories/kilojoules meaning you are getting maximum nutrients in smaller amounts.
- Including green smoothies into your diet makes it much easier to reach that recommended serving of fruit and veg each day!
- A range of health benefits comes from increasing your intake from fruit and veg from weightless, increased immune system and increased energy (and the list goes on!)
- Smoothies are super easy to make!
This being said I thought I would start my March right by including green smoothies into my daily eating routine, starting today. This is in addition to what I am already eating used as snacks or replacing my regular meals with them. My only rule being: Enjoy 1 green smoothie a day for a week. I will report back at the end of the week how I went and if I feel a difference.
Would you be interested to try this out? If so keep an eye out and I will put up a shopping list and daily recipes for the green smoothie challenge starting next Monday 14th!