The fiber in the fruit and veggies helps your body slowly absorb all of the nutrients of a green smoothie, keeping your hunger satisfied and your body supplied with necessary nutrients. Use water instead of fruit juice if your smoothie is too thick to blend and take it slow.
Keep it Simple and Rotate Your Leafy Greens
Don’t make the same smoothie everyday! First, it is boring. Second, you need to get a variety of nutrients and perhaps most importantly, many leafy vegetables like kale and spinach contain alkaloids that can be harmful in large quantities. Scientists understand the known effects of alkaloids.
In some cases, they are helpful antioxidants that are good in moderation. Too many, however, can result in alkaloid buildup and symptoms of poisoning.
It’s healthy to eat spinach and kale! Be sure to include them in your green smoothies.
What you don’t want to do is continue using the same greens over and over for weeks. That is when a dangerous buildup of alkaloids occurs. Try using a different leafy green each week and alternate.
Green smoothies work well because they pack a variety of rich nutrients into an easy to consume package. The key to an effective green smoothie is fiber. Whole fruits contain more fiber so make sure you always use fruit instead of fruit juice.
Fiber helps slow the digestive process and guarantee that nutrients are absorbed. Be sure to rotate what you put in your smoothie. You can get too much of a good thing!