Using Smoothies and Juices for a Healthy Diet and Weight Loss
With millions of people around the world suffering from life-threatening diseases like type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., it becomes more and more important to find ways to prevent these diseases. Based on extensive clinical studies and research, most of these diseases can be prevented and even reversed with lifestyle changes. Some of the most common lifestyle choices that contribute to these diseases are poor diet/nutrition, lack of exercise, and excessive smoking and alcohol consumption.
In this article we will focus on poor diet and nutrition and what changes you can make to prevent or reverse such diseases.
The Americanized diet is full of fats, salts and sugars. All these substances are highly addictive and very harmful to our body, especially when consumed in excess. Recent research shows that most animal products create an inflammatory response in our body, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. Based on this data, it would be safe to assume that eliminating or at least reducing the consumption of animal products such as meat and dairy would be a wise choice. Research also shows that you can get all the essential nutrients you need from a plant-based diet when you plan your meals.
There are thousands of healthy and nutritious vegan options out there. Some of the easiest and quickest vegan recipes to help you have a healthy, low-calorie, and delicious meal packed with essential nutrients are smoothie and juice recipes. One of the best things about smoothies and juices is how easy they are to make. You don’t have to be a good cook. Anyone can make a smoothie or juice in minutes. You can add protein powder, flaxseed, chia seeds, etc. to add proteins, fats and other nutrients to make your smoothies and juices even more nutritious.
There are many juice and smoothie diets out there, but they’re very difficult to stick to long-term and may not be the best option for most people. It’s best to use one smoothie or juice as one meal or snack per day. Consuming one nutritious smoothie or juice per day can enable you to get all recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits. It is especially beneficial for people who dislike their vegetables and fruits. It’s much easier to consume them in the form of a delicious smoothie or juice. It’s important to note that even a smoothie can be made unhealthy. Make sure you use non-dairy milks like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut, or use water to keep your smoothies low in calories, healthy, and packed with nutrients. Another useful tip is to incorporate superfoods into your recipes. Not all smoothies and juices are created equal. Be sure to use good recipes. Check out a few books on Amazon with great healthy recipes written by Brandon Trowbridge. Smoothie Recipes: Detox, Cleanse & Lose Weight & Juice Recipes for Healthy Living.
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