Having a fruit smoothie in the morning is amazing, it’s healthy and the fructose in the fruit supplies your body and mind with clean burning fuel that’s gonna keep it functioning efficiently. If you start your day with high vibration foods, you will more likely to experience high vibration moods.
There are many health benefits of fruit smoothies, but you should smash in those fruits. I mean, a fruit smoothie is just fruit, blended with water and maybe some almond milk. Some people add protein powders and peanut butter, but I like to make my fruit smoothies high in carbs and low in protein and fat, and as natural and unprocessed as possible.
Why blend fruit vs eating?
- It’s easier to ensure you get the recommended daily intake of 10 servings of fruits. It’s easier to drink 10 servings of fruit in one sitting than to eat them.
- You can mix different combinations of fruits together to create a whole new experience, with thousands of varieties of fruits out there, you will spend a lifetime trying them all. Blending makes it more interesting than just eating one fruit at a time. Eat one fruit at a time when you want optimal digestion and to savor the individual fruits’ flavor.
- Convenience.. just blend and go. You can blend up 6 bananas and put it into a smoothie jar to bring with you to work or the gym, as opposed to carrying an awkwardly shaped sack of easily-bruised bananas in your gym bag.
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Fruit Smoothies
1. Low in calories and fat, high in carbs
If you’re looking in lose weight, eating lots of fruit is good. It is generally low in calories so it’ll be pretty hard to over-eat on them. A lot of people these days have a phobia of sugars and blame fruit for making them fat, this is not true, people don’t get fat from eating fruit, the carbs don’t generally like to turn into fat storage in the body because it’s very inefficient. To learn more about this, check out my other post here:
Read More: Does Fruit Make You Fat?
I’ve also heard these days people are into high fat diets and theres this craze about switching your body over to burning fats instead of burning carbs for fuel. They eat bacon and burgers and think it is healthy because they manage to lose a little bit of weight. I’m pretty sure I don’t agree with this because in my research I have found that carbs work best for the body, and that it’s the body’s preferred fuel source. Fats will get stored in your body pretty easily though, as the saying says…
The fat you eat is the fat you wear – Dr. John A. McDougall
2. Very high in vitamins and antioxidants
Who doesn’t know that fruits is good for you because it has lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants? Some of these fruits are famous for being powerhouses of various vitamins. What are oranges and other citrus fruits famous for? Vitamin C, but did you know that kiwi has 5x more vitamin C than oranges per serving? Here are some of the common fruits people commonly put in their fruit smoothies, and some of their nutritional benefits:
Bananas- What are bananas famous for? Potassium! They are a good source of it, as well as vitamins C and B6, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.
Kiwi- Kiwi has got a powerhouse of vitamins. A lot of people don’t know this, but you can actually eat all the skin of the kiwi, this will provide you will an extra dose of fiber. In addition, it is high in vitamin C, in fact it’s got 5x more vitamin C than oranges. It is also a source of vitamins A,K,E,B and potassium.
Blueberries- Blueberries are famous for being a “superfood,” that is a food that is very high in nutritional content. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, they’re also high in potassium and vitamin C, they are anti-inflammatory and can help with prevention of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Strawberries- Strawberries contain lots of vitamin C which is an antioxidant, it is good for your eyes, your brain, your immune system, and helps maintain regular blood pressure. They also help lower your risk of cancer and heart disease, the vitamin C have anti-carcinogenic properties that helps fight against the growth of cancers.
Mangoes- Mangoes are in season during the summer and are my absolute favorite. Just 1 cup of diced mangoes will give you a full day’s worth of vitamin C, as well as 1/3 of your vitamin A needs. It also contain smaller amounts of other vitamins such as vitamin B6, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.
Grapes- I’m guessing you’ve heard that moderate drinking of red wine is good for your heart. Why is this? It is because red wine contains resveratrol, a type of polyphenol found in the grape’s skin. These polyphenols also prevent or slow down certain types of cancers such as esophagus, lung, mouth, pancreas, prostate, and colon. In addition to polyphenols, grapes are also a source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B2, and copper.
3. Very high in fiber
Fiber is very important because it helps keep your stomach moving. There are two kinds of fiber, soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber will dissolve in water and then become this gel-like substance which helps your body better absorb the nutrients from the foods in your stomach. The insoluble fiber is also helpful because it adds to your stool and keeps everything moving in your digestive track. Overall having good amounts of fiber in your diet will help lower blood cholesterol levels and glucose levels.
4. Reduce the risk of heart disease & some cancers
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the USA, followed by cancer. Prevention is better than treatment, and including lots of fruits in your diet can help you prevent these diseases. Fruits contain various vitamins and antioxidant that helps prevent the formation of these diseases in the first place.
For example, vitamin C is very prevalent in many types of fruits such as melons, citrus fruits, kiwi, bell peppers, and blueberries. They stop the formation of nitrogen-compounds that causes cancers, therefore preventing many types of cancers such as stomach, colon, breasts, bladder, esophagus, and cervix.
5. Clean burning fuel for the body
As I have said, in my research I have found that carbs are the preferred fuel for the body. Have you heard of runners and cyclists “carb load” the night right before a big race? They are priming their body with the right fuel so they can be as efficient as possible.
Look at Kenyan runners and see what they eat, you’ll find that on most nights they eat Ugali, a dish made with cornmeal and water. Carbs are clean burning fuel that the body prefers, you won’t hear Lance Armstrong protein loading or fat loading the day before a big race.
Even if you are sedentary, it is still optimal for your body to use carbs for energy instead of other sources like fats and protein. Fruit contain fructose, a kind of carbohydrate that your body loves to use.
Despite common belief, it is unlikely you will gain large amounts of weight from eating an abundant of high carb foods like potatoes, rice, and fruit, this is due to a process called dietary thermogenesis where extra glucose from carbs gets burned off as body heat. The process of turning carbs to body fat is called “de novo lipogenesis,” this is not an efficient process and the body would rather burn it off as heat or store it as glycogen rather than storing it as body fat.
Buying a Good Quality Blender
The Magic Bullet & NutriBullet – Personal Sized Blenders
If you’ve ever watched TV late at night or early in the morning, you may have seen 30-min infomercials for The Magic Bullet or NutriBullet, personal sized blenders that are designed to make a small batch of smoothies for 1 or 2 people.
These are great because the cups that you blend with come with their own lids, so you can screw them on after blending and take them to work or the gym, one less thing to wash afterwards. They also come with lip rings so you can screw those on if you want to drink them right away.
Check out this video of a banana/strawberry/kiwi fruit smoothie made using a NutriBullet blender. If you’re interested in buying a Magic Bullet or NutriBullet blender, I recommend that you read my product review posts down below.
The Original Magic Bullet
This is the first model that came out many years ago. It is the smallest and has only 250 watts, but it is quite affordable and has good user reviews, it is able to blend up soft fruits into a smooth and consistent texture. Harder fruits and vegetables may not blend well and leave lumps. Check out my full review of this blender here:
This is the first model of the NutriBullet series, it has 600 watts and is a lot more powerful than the original Magic Bullet. It can churn through most fruits till it’s smooth and silky. It can also be used to grind coffee beans, and mill rice and oatmeal to make your own cereal. It comes with many cups/lids and is great for people frequently on-the-go and need something healthy to take with them. Check out my full review here:
The second model in the NutriBullet series, the power is 50% higher at 900 watts. It can do everything the original NutriBullet 600 can do and more. It can crush things finer, blend things smoother, and comes with a flip-on to-go lid, this comes handy if you want to sip on smoothies while working at a desk. If you are interested in an affordable blender that can churn your fruits and vegetables into a lump-free smoothie, this is a good one to check out. See my full review here:
This is the latest and greatest model in the NutriBullet series. It trumps all other models in terms of power and multitasking abilities. It features 2 new selling points, a SMART technology and a heating element design that allows you to heat soup right on the blender itself! It has 2.3 horsepower and 1,700 watts, comparable to some of the very popular high end blenders out there such as the Vitamix. To check out my full review:
My Final Thoughts
I prefer to eat things that make me feel good in the long term, that’s why I like eating many, many fruits, because it is the type of food that I feel best after eating. I know my body loves the clean burning carbs, and the vitamins and antioxidants from the fruits will help prevent a lot of diseases like cancer.
I like smoothies because a lot of times I just don’t like sitting there eating a bunch of grapes, or a bowl of strawberries. Drinking a big batch of cold smoothies also cools me down on a hot summer day, and it rehydrates me when I’m thirsty.
If you’re looking to start blending smoothies regularly, I highly suggest you get a blender that fits your needs. If you need something small and affordable, and don’t mind the occasional lump here and there, go with The Magic Bullet.
If you want your smoothies to be silky smooth and you need bigger cups, go with the NutriBullet 600 or NutriBullet Pro 900. If you got a few extra dollars to splurge and you’re interested in extra features like the SMART technology and heating element, or you want a blender with a very powerful motor base, then go with the NutriBullet RX.
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