Green Smoothies are delicious and rich in nutrients. Along with that it is not heavy on your stomach either. But it is very important to use the right quantity of liquid base while preparing green smoothies to get the full benefits. Let us see the role played by different liquids when making any type of smoothie (not just a green smoothie)
Here’s the skinny on understanding liquid bases for making green smoothies
Water is the cheapest yet healthiest thing to add to your smoothies. Not only it hydrates the body, but also helps in flushing the out the harmful toxins. These harmful toxins are one of the major reasons of various diseases of the body, so a good amount of water helps us to keep these diseases away from our body.
If you want to add a little twist to your smoothies,almond milk can be a good thing to consider. This warm flavored liquid is a good source of Vitamin C. Being lactose free makes it easily digiestible. This cholesterol free, low fat liquid should be used in natural unsweetened form. Its crisp yet warm taste adds a perfect twist.
This sweet tasty liquid is high in protein and fiber. It is also a good source of micronutrients. So if used in right quantity with right combination it could add to the healh value. But as it contains high amount of calories and fat, better not to use it frequently. It is recommendable to use coconut milk for some special recipes only and avoid consuming it daily.
Fresh Squeezed Juice
Being a very good source of anti oxidents and high in vitamins, the fresh juices are used liberally in the smoothies. But be cautious, along with the goodness of vitamins they also contain high amount of sugars. So it is highly recomendabel to use low glycemic fruits like apples, strawberries, peaches etc. along with raw leafy greens. It will perfectly balance the sugar amount. Adding water can also help to reduce the sugar content.
Rice milk is a good option for those who want crispy taste in their smoothies. This calcium rich, low cholesterol milk is a perfect option for those who don’t want to strain their digestive system by consuming lactose-loaded milk. Along with being lactose-free it is also a welcome change from the regular taste of milk. But as it is not a good source of calcium, it is advisable to use leafy greens in the smoothie to maintain the ideal quantity of calcium.
This polyphenol-rich source is one of the most important ingredients of the smoothie. Not only is it easy on stomach, it also helps in fighting against various diseases and health conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and overweight. Along with that it can also bring a glow to your skin by rejuvenating the skin cells. It also contains caffeine that helps to increase the alertness and give you an instant wakeup feeling. But as you are aware that too much of caffeine is not a good thing for your body, it is advisable to use it in right amount.