Happy Humpday, everyone!
It’s the middle of the week and here in Houston, winter is definitely gone! Yay!
I have started my exercise regimen again. Since it’s nice, I have been walking in the mornings. Since my daughter rides the school bus in the morning, I don’t want to be too far away. I end up walking in circles until she is gone. She thinks it’s funny – I think it’s ridiculous. Oh well, school is almost out.
Yesterday, we talked about grit. Grit applies today as well – as something you DON’T want in your smoothie.
Isn’t it disappointing when you make your smoothie and take a sip — blech! Wrong fruit/veggie combination, not smooth enough? And that’s the things you can taste. Often, smoothies are not as healthy as we think.
So, let’s chat about smoothie making the healthy way – even with a busy schedule!
Healthy Strategies for Our Busy Lifestyles
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Want to know a secret?
Achieving better health and a leaner, more attractive physique is easier than you think.
Summer is coming soon, so getting in shape is on a lot of people’s minds right now. The good news is you may already have everything you need to get started getting ready for summer. If not, a little research and a nominal investment (compared to escalating medical bills and lost productivity due to poor health) is all you need to start living a healthier, happier lifestyle.
When you decide to make this important lifestyle change, a good blender is one of the most important tools you’ll have in your arsenal. When used correctly, these versatile and user-friendly kitchen appliances can be life-changing. As with most other things in life, what you put into your blender determines what you’ll get out of it. So instead of making calorie-laden milkshakes or frozen cocktails, use this investment to prepare delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothies and other beverages.
Before you know it, you’ll soon feel better, look better, and have more energy to tackle your everyday life.
Once you start getting more of the right foods into your body, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you notice positive results. With a high-quality blender, you’ll find you can incorporate many more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Replacing even one meal a day with a blended concoction of fresh or frozen fruits and veggies can make a big difference in your overall health.
Now, don’t think you need to completely eliminate solid foods from your life when you start using your blender more. In fact, the right solid foods are an important part of any healthy lifestyle. However, the incredible health benefits derived from blending are welcome addition to a well-balanced diet including solid foods.
Would you like to have the following?
- A stronger immune system
- A quicker, sharper mind
- A lean and attractive body
- Healthier, younger looking skin and hair
- Increased energy
- Better heart health
The good news is you can gain all these benefits when you add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet on a daily basis. A high-quality blender makes it easy to achieve this.
You may have noticed that juicing has become extremely popular in recent years. However, the important dietary fiber in fruits and vegetables is removed during the juicing process. This isn’t the case when you choose to blend, rather than juice, your ingredients. This isn’t to say that juicing doesn’t have a place in your repertoire – juicing is just a different way to get some important nutrients in your diet – but that fiber caveat is something to remember when comparing the two.
Here are some important health benefits of blending.
5 Important Health Benefits of Blending
1. Blending preserves the healthy, natural fiber of foods
Juicing is great for extracting the healthy nutrients, enzymes, and minerals from fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the process of juicing removes most of the dietary fiber found in these ingredients. Blending smoothies delivers the benefits of juicing, while retaining 100% of your food.
This is important because fiber is essential for making sure your gastrointestinal system functions properly. It helps to regulate your dietary tract, lowers your risk of contracting dangerous diseases, and helps stabilize your blood sugar levels.
In short, blending preserves all your natural fiber goodness.
2. Blending increases your consumption of fruits and vegetables
Many health professionals and fitness experts agree that adults should get at least 5 or 6 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. In today’s fast-paced society, that’s not always possible. Using your blender makes it much easier to ingest at least the minimum recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day.
3. Blending makes it easier to try new foods
It’s so easy to get stuck in an eating rut. We all tend to eat the same foods over and over again because it’s faster and easier than figuring out and trying something new. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but research shows that adding variety to your diet can boost your metabolism. It also helps you take in all of the diverse minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamins that your body needs. Blenders make it easier to whip up a nearly endless number of creative food combinations, so you can easily make new foods a part of your daily lifestyle.
4. Blending reduces the chance of converting your food into fat
Your body is designed to process food as quickly and efficiently as possible. As you might imagine, it takes your body longer to break down solid foods than it does liquids. As a result, your body has more time to convert certain solid food components to fat. That isn’t the case with blended liquids and beverages.
In this sense, your blender acts as a highly efficient external digestive system. It breaks down solid food into quickly digested and processed liquids. That immediate conversion delivers your health benefits quicker than when you eat solid foods, while allowing your body very little time to convert your food into fat.
5. Blending makes it easy to make smarter, faster meals
In just a few minutes, you can blend an assortment of healthy fruits and vegetables into rich, delicious, and nutrient-packed beverages. So, all you have to do is keep fresh fruits and vegetables on hand to start making smarter meal choices. In addition, blending takes very little time and involves minimal cleanup when compared to preparing, cooking, and eating solid foods. This means you’ll more time to spend on other activities.
Blending: Ideal for a Busy Lifestyle
A lack of free time is a major challenge affecting many adults today. Perhaps you’ve heard someone say something along the lines of “There aren’t enough hours in the day,” or “I don’t have enough time to do the things I want to do.” Perhaps you have said the same things too.
Fortunately, blending healthy concoctions is super quick and easy. This is why it is so perfect for your busy lifestyle.
It takes time to prepare, cook, and eat most solid food meals. Then, there’s the cleanup, which often takes longer than actually eating the food that you just made. Blending healthy smoothie drinks takes no more than a few minutes at most. Cleanup requires very little effort, and many blenders are safe to clean in the dishwasher.
Blending can free up 5 to 10 hours – or more – each and every week.
You can blend healthy drinks or frozen treats in advance and store them in your freezer and refrigerator for later use. This makes it easier to establish healthy lifestyle habits, since you now have all the “extra” time you need to incorporate some exercise and fun, physical activities into your schedule.
Many fitness professionals and health experts agree that adding a minimum of three 20-to-30-minute sessions of moderate-to-intense physical activity to your schedule each week will help you get in shape and stay fit. For best results, you need to eat right, as well.
There’s virtually no limit to the foods and beverages you can make with a versatile, high-quality blender. Since blending takes very little time, you can use that extra time to incorporate more exercise into your life. For these reasons, blending is an ideal part of a healthier lifestyle.
I used to have a homemade smoothie a few times a week but since the surgery, we haven’t focused on that as much. I have several smoothie packs in the freezer so I am ready to get back into the habit. I like to be reminded of Hawaii so my smoothies always have a tropical flair!
Next week, we will dig a little deeper into blending and a few flavor combinations that will be sure to please! Also, while the blender link above goes to a review of 5 of the top blenders — we can dig a little more into that as well. If you are a fan of juicing, don’t worry, we will look closer at juicing with some recipes a well in the upcoming weeks.
Both strategies can have a place in a healthy diet!
Have a wonderful day!
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