(NaturalNews) Depending on what you put in your smoothies, they can boost your daily nutrition and vitamin count considerably. Some smoothies contain foods loaded with health benefits, such as kale, flax and ingredients with omega-3 fatty acids that are highly recommended for good health.
Boost your daily nutrition intake - and your health - with smoothies:
Omega-3s don't just come from fish
Nutritionists recommend you get omega-3s from fish, fish oils and supplements, but there are other sources. One is by drinking milk and eating dairy products made from the milk of cows that are fed only a grass diet. In addition to dairy products from grass fed cows, beef from cows that have been raised on the diet nature intended for them - grass - is also a solid source of omega-3s. Another source for omega-3s is walnuts. One smoothie recipe contains two kinds of fruit, almond milk, cranberry juice and walnut oil and is loaded with omega-3s. So, if you don't like the taste of fish, there are other ways to get those same health benefits. A smoothie made with milk from grass fed cows or almond milk with a tablespoon of walnut oil added will be loaded with omega-3s.
Get your daily recommended servings of veggies
Other smoothie recipes are designed to help people get their recommended vegetable intake. If you have trouble eating all the vegetables that health experts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend we eat each day, which is three to five servings a day, you can get all of them in one smoothie. Even if you like the taste of vegetables, you may still have trouble eating all that is recommended, so a veggie smoothie is the way to go. One such recipe starts with a cup of filtered water, a carrot, a cucumber, a handful of spinach leaves, a slice of a beet, and a tomato. This one contains the entire rainbow color spectrum that is also recommended by nutritionists.
Veggie smoothies for those who don't like vegetables
Kids and adults who don't like the taste of vegetables can also get their recommended daily vegetable intake while disguising the taste of the vegetables with other ingredients. Some smoothie recipes of this type mix the vegetables with fruits and honey or other natural sweeteners, utilizing the Mary Poppins' principle that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." These smoothies still pack a healthy load of vitamin power and get vegetables in the diets of those who simply refuse to eat them.
Breakfast smoothies when you're on the go
Some people drink smoothies as a way to eat breakfast on the go, such as drinking from a travel mug in the car, on the bus or on the subway. Breakfast smoothies are a way to get someone to eat breakfast who isn't particularly hungry in the morning, and doesn't like to take time to eat anything. Nutrients contained in a breakfast smoothie made from milk (almond or milk from grass fed cows), a ripe banana, cocoa powder and peanut butter has everything you need for a healthy breakfast. Add a few ice cubes to the blender to make the consistency more like that of a milk shake.
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