One school of thought suggests that by blending the veggies and fruits (not juicing, but in a smoothie which retains the fiber) gives an added energy boost because the body can more readily digest the blended foods, therefore the body is not using excess energy in digestion. I haven't really researched it beyond a couple of sources, but I, and a couple of family members, have had some great health benefits from drinking a green smoothie every morning.
I have found that drinking a smoothie in the morning gives me massive amounts of energy and I'm not hungry for hours. I was easily able to give up coffee. I don't have horrible heartburn anymore, and my skin has improved (no more odd rashes and chin acne). My morning recipe is as thus:
1/2 Cup cold water
3 Cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
4 Cups spinach
2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1/4 Cup parsley
1/4 Cup cucumber, chopped
4 - 5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
(sometimes I add 1/2 of a small banana, or a bit of coconut nectar if I'm really craving some sweetness - which is happening less and less!))
Puree all ingredients in a blender (a VitaMix is awesome, but poor folks like me can just use their late 70s model Osterizer) until smooth. It helps to blend the greens first, then add the other ingredients, so that the greens get very smooth.
Granted, when you're accustomed to a nice sweet cup of coffee with toast and fruit or oatmeal and berries, the flavor of the smoothie takes some getting used to, but once you do, you're rewarded with a healthy breakfast that's both refreshing and filling.
I think the initial response by nutritionists and dieticians to smoothies is due to all the unhealthy (sugary, fatty) smoothies out in the marketplace. The smoothie one can get at Jack In The Box is NOT a healthy choice. However, a smoothie made at home with fresh produce, unsweetened almond milk (for fruit smoothies); protein powder free of whey, casein, and soy; and easy on super-sugary fruit like bananas is a healthful option (and fun to make too, as you pointed out!)
So, I say enjoy your smoothies! You're getting nutrients and fiber, and that is soooo much better than the nothin' you get from skipping breakfast altogether.
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