Nutritionists often have conflicting opinion on what foods are a good idea for a healthy diet. One component they all seem to agree upon, and recommend, is a diet filled with vegetables.
Getting vegetable nutrients, in the right quantity, and in a palpable way can be a challenge. That is why many have turned to smoothies as the optimal option. They can be tasty, relatively easy to make, and can contain a large quantity of vegetable goodness.
Here is a list of fifteen great potential vegetable ingredients and what you will gain by including them.
Beets are low in calories and a great source of folate (this is the B vitamin that helps make red blood cells and aids in the prevention of neural tube defects), potassium, vitamin C (great for a strong immune system and beautiful skin), and more. They give you a huge antioxidant boost. They are high in fiber so help with digestion and they may help lower blood pressure. Raw beets can be used if you have a high-powered blender, or you can use pre-cooked beets as well.
Peas are also high in folate, very high in vitamin C, a great source of protein and fat free.
- Leafy Green Vegetables
Choose a base of leafy greens. Spinach, kale, chard, and collard greens all work especially when you add sweet fruits. They each provide fiber, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, as well as powerful phytochemicals.
Carrots are full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that could help in cancer prevention. Beta carotene turns into Vitamin A as you digest it. Carrots are also high in Vitamins C, K and potassium. Health benefits of carrots include lower blood cholesterol, and healthy eyesight.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps prevent cold and flu. Science believes that ginger has anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties, as well as easing stomach problems and heart burn.
Avocados are creamy and add healthy fats to your smoothy. They help you digest more of the fat-soluble nutrients from the other vegetables. They also are full of protein and potassium, and a great source of fiber.
Being 95% water, cucumbers naturally detoxify your body. They give anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties through high phytonutrients, A, B and C vitamins.
Cauliflower provides high fiber and other plant compounds. High in B vitamins it also provides 100% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Other vitamins include K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
- Winter Squash
Winter squash provides vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and a good source of vitamin E, iron, calcium, and folate.
Basil is anti-bacterial, and studies show it to reduce bacterial growth in the body. It is also anti-inflammatory, helping with gut inflammation and food sensitivities.
- Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are full of vitamin C. They are excellent for your blood and eye health and have been shown to fight cancer. They also may increase your metabolism.
Broccoli is a huge source of folate and vitamin C. It provides support to your tissues, your heart, and your digestion. It is also high in protein and many nutrients like fiber, vitamin K, iron, and potassium.
Pumpkin benefits your liver and kidneys. It prevents arteriosclerosis and helps digestion and cures constipation. It has sedative benefits as it lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol. It even relieves morning sickness.
Turmeric relieves Inflammation and arthritis symptoms. Turmeric contains curcumin and regulates cholesterol and heart health. It also reduces depression symptoms. Turmeric also may help prevent the development of cancer, especially in the digestive system. Curcumin in turmeric may slow or prevent changes in the brain linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a nutrient-dense root vegetable, high in fiber and antioxidants, that promote a healthy gut and brain. They are considered a superfood, loaded with beta carotene, and a rich source of vitamin A.
Zucchini adds lots of fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, and vitamin C.
Celery adds powerful antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds. restores hydrochloric acid which helps you digest things more efficiently. It lowers cholesterol and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
These vegetable inclusive smoothies will enhance your total wellness plan. With that plan, Sculpt Spa can get you to your ideal body image.
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