When it comes to A to Z of something, you got to start from right “What really is it” Stage. So, what really is a smoothie?
Yes! A smoothie is a blended and most of the times sweetened beverage made from fresh fruits or vegetables. It can, in some special cases, contain stuff like chocolate or peanut butter where as, many smoothies even include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients.
Smoothies have a milkshake-like tendency that is thicker than usual slush drinks, which are quite the opposite. They can contain milk, yogurt or ice cream. The underlining point is that smoothies are often marketed to health conscious people and why? Because it has all the ingredients needed to stay healthy, be it the fibres, antioxidants or phytonutrients! Sometimes they are also offered with some additional add ons like soy milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements or nutritional supplement mixes.
If History of Smoothies is taken into account, it first became a common name on streets of United States when Ice-Cream Vendors and Health Food Stores started selling it in early 1960s. Soon enough these popular drinks were available at all mainstream cafés and coffee shops and in the bottled versions at supermarkets all over the world.
Smoothies derive its roots from Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, including the infamous Indian Mocktail names ‘Sharbat’, which is typically made of yogurt and honey, as well as a range of fresh fruits. In India, in fact, the traditional Mango Shake is actually a summer smoothie in which tota puri or any other kind of ‘desi’ mango, crushed water ice, milk and cane sugar are mixed into a thick smoothie using a blender, while in South India, pineapple smoothies with crushed ice and sugar (without milk) are very popular.
Furthermore, smoothies can also be mixed with soft drinks and/or alcohol to make cocktails. Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to nourish ones body with all the essential nutrients. Now, to make these delicious and healthy drinks all you need is a blender, fruits or vegetables and a base – such as water, milk or yogurt.
Basically, on a broad classification basis, the smoothies can either be consisting of fruits or the greens, i.e., the green leafy vegetables. In either case, the smoothies have proved to be highly beneficial on health related grounds.
Various of its health benefits are:
1. Fibrous Goodness
Now when we compare smoothies to juices, one thing comes out quite evidently in the favor of the Smoothies, i.e., The Fibrous Plus Point! While you make juice, you tend to leave behind all the fibrous part altogether of the fruits you use, whereas, when you blend them in a blender to create a smoothie instead, it not only retains the fiber; it breaks it down in such a way that it is easier to digest which in turn helps out in a major way, since many people fall short in their fiber consumption usually as they don’t get the optimum amount of fruit and vegetable serving as they need each day. When it comes to a smoothie, you take in three or more servings of fruits and vegetables with one glass of smoothie quite quickly. This fiber, made available to you by the smoothie, also helps to slower the digestion and help control blood sugar along with bringing cholesterol levels down.
2. Natural Weight Loss by Consumption of Green Smoothies
Focusing singularly on the ‘Green’ Smoothies, the remarkable fact about them is that these green smoothies provide the nutrition as they consist of various vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and low fat whole food that you need in order to lose weight quickly, safely and effectively without actually starving yourself.
So, in short, drinking a green smoothie is the best and easiest thing you can do to lose weight.
3. Antioxidants and phytonutrients’ consumption
In addition to boosting your fiber intake or in providing you with nutrients in order to make you lose weight, these fresh fruits and vegetables that you use to make smoothies contain ample antioxidants, which protect your body from the damaging effects of free radicals. This is important because over time, free radicals can wreak havoc on your body’s tissues, and if left unchecked can lead to serious health problems such as cancer.
Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease by consuming smoothies, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.
4. Glowing and radiant skin!
As a summed up effect of all the above mentioned point and considering the fact that presence of fiber allows your body to eliminate toxins the right way instead of through your skin, it is proven to have relatively clearer and glowing skin on routine consumption of fresh smoothies.
To sum it up, making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.
What are you waiting for?