« There’s no way I’ll drink that shit ». I heard that dozens of times while handling a green smoothie to friends, family or any other kamikaze. My little brother even calls it « Skrek’s poop ». That is how attractive green drinks are.
I know the feeling, I was exactly the same before. I watched those ridiculous girls drinking smoothies and doing yoga and taking supplements and I was laughing inwardly while eating my Big Mac.
But I recently caught myself speaking exactly like these girls. Apparently I am closer to John Lennon than Carrie Bradshaw now. Even if there will always be something Carrie in me (and I am not only talking about my love for Cosmos), a lot of things have changed. And with all these ch-ch-changes, my lifestyle became healthier for many reasons that I will probably share with you in another article.
I now exercise, eat better, drink better, sleep better, live better. But I am still trying to find the balance between drinking mojitos while dancing until dawn and going running in the morning and eating right (and no, mint leaves in mojitos don’t count I learned). I love the benefits that a healthy lifestyle brought me – hello, hot summer body – but I am not ready to give up the nights out yet. One thing at a time.
Anyway, I also started following wellness influencers and green drinks are a huge thing on social media right now. I first laughed out loud because I thought it was another trendy craze from crazy hippie yogis and it seemed to taste terrible but I then read about the benefits. They seemed endless. Seriously, when you read about all the good things that these green drinks can bring you, it sounds like a life elixir. So I thought, why not try ?
My first attempts at mixing vegetables were disastrous. I ended up with a brown-ish mixture looking (and tasting) like poop. Something like that :
Ben Kane Photography
So I followed recipes and, Ô magic, I started making beautiful green beverages but most important DELICIOUS ones. No more disgusting bitter-ish liquids, they tasted like sweets. « Ok, I thought, they taste good and look green. Bravo, me. But is this really good for me ? » The answer is yes, yes and YES. Here are a few reasons why :
1. Pure nutrition
If you’re like me and having trouble incorporating 5 vegetables a day (seriously, FIVE?!) in your diet, green smoothies are the solution. You will eat your veggies without even realising it ! Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function correctly. Just take a look here.
Green smoothies provide a massive amount of energy to your body, especially when you’re drinking one in the morning.
3. Weight loss
Didn’t know this was possible but it is true. First because these smoothies are thick and filling so you will feel full, thus crave less. They keep your blood sugar levels low so you won’t be snacking either. Also, you’ll get more hydrated and get rid of the nasty toxins squatting in your body (goodbye, cellulite!).
4. Immunity boost
It’s no secret that the aim of eating healthy is, well… to be healthy, which means disease-free. With all the vitamins and nutrients you will get, colds or flu won’t win the war anymore.
5. Virtuous circle
Once you’ll start doing something you think of as « healthy », you’ll be willing to add more healthy stuff to your life. It’s a virtuous circle. It’s just how the human mind works. Try it if you dare !
These are only a few reasons why green smoothies are good for your health (and your taste buds). But that’s all theory.
In practice let me tell you a little bit about my experience. I was a constant sloth and I am now full of energy (especially when I drink one in the morning). I don’t constantly nap anymore. I stopped being sick all the time (sneaky colds and nasty flu) and even when I start having a sore throat, it disappears in a day thanks to all the vitamins and nutrients I receive. Oh, and for you beautiful ladies out there, my skin is better than it has never been.
ps: They also are an amazing hangover cure.
Start blending my friends !
The photos are from my Iphone. I’ll write an article with proper photos and recipes soon.