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Green Machine Smoothie

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Smoothies are an amazing way to power up your day or refuel after an intense workout. Pull out your favorite straw and get in on some nutrient dense ingredients that will enhance your summer glow and keep your energy levels high! I hope you love this Green Machine Smoothie recipe as much as I do! Enjoy all of the benefits of boosting your daily veggie intake!

Blending vs. Juicing

Lately it seems like more people are beginning to understand the true value of relying more on fruits and vegetables for health and weight management. This has led to an increased interest in juices and smoothies because these drinks serve as a vehicle to get more nutrients in the body. But are all smoothies and juices created equal? A 2012 study and many others say no. Researchers assessed the phytochemical content of juices and smoothies and concluded that blending vegetables seems to be the better choice. The results of the study indicated that blending, as opposed to juicing, yields significantly higher levels of phytonutrients due to the pulp that remained in the final product.

Blending vegetables and other produce allows for most of the nutrients, especially fiber, to remain in tact. This is critical for decreasing the impact that the drink has on your blood sugar levels. Smoothies also provide an opportunity to add extras like hemp seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts for a healthy source of proteins and omega 3 fats. At the end of the day smoothies are more nutrient-dense and higher in fiber which are two important components of overall health. If you are going to drink a juice make sure that it’s raw and cold-pressed, filled with mostly veggies and less fruits, and no bigger than 6-8  fl oz.

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