Getting your daily recommended amount of vegetables in your diet is not always easy, but nonetheless is important. Consuming more vegetables helps lower your blood pressure, reduces risks of heart disease, keeps your skin glowing, prevents eye problem, and offers many other benefits.
So, you must have lots of vegetables, but perhaps you do not like them, so what do you do, give up on them? No, instead just make a nice vegetable smoothie. All you need to do is, add few green vegetables in your smoothie blender, run it, and enjoy a glass of good health. Let us now get to learn about some vegetables that you can add to your smoothie and the various benefits they offer.
The phytonutrients present in spinach has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. It shall also provide you more than 200 percent of your daily required amount of Vitamin K, which is needed for maintaining bone health, and can also lower your blood pressure by controlling an enzyme known as angiotensin I-converting enzyme. Just add 1-cup spinach to your smoothie and run your smoothie blender. Spinach has a very bland taste when you add them to smoothies, so you will hardly taste it, yet enjoy all the benefits.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-rich green vegetables. They are high in vitamin C, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, omega-3’s, protein, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Owing to the presence of lots of flavonoid antioxidants, kale has great anti-cancer benefits and is also good for other health problems arising from oxidative stress. You just need to begin by adding 1-cup kale to your smoothies, and with time increase this amount.
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants, manganese, Vitamin A and C and has great fiber content, particularly if you do not remove the skin. Zucchini also contains a good amount of B vitamins that helps metabolize sugar levels in your body. Zucchini is quite bland so you can easily add about half a zucchini to your smoothie and enjoy the benefits, without affecting the taste of your smoothie.
Cucumber is one of the best green vegetables you can add to your smoothies. You can add a whole cucumber and combine it with coconut, a little carob, and bananas in your smoothie blender. Cucumbers have great hydrating properties, and its skin is rich in vitamin E and silica, which is great for your skin. They are also rich in beta-carotene, manganese, and vitamin C.
- Sea Vegetables (wakame, kelp, dulse, etc.)
Sea vegetables have many different anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, antiviral, and anti-coagulant properties. These properties are mainly a result of a compound known as sulfated polysaccharides that are found particularly in sea vegetables. They also have a great amount of minerals and vitamins that you will not find in your everyday veggies. These include iron, potassium, vanadium, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, manganese, magnesium, iron, iodine, copper, phosphorus, and calcium. Just add a couple shreds of these amazing sea vegetables into your smoothie and reap the benefits.
You can combine different vegetables or combine some green vegetables with your choice of fruits to make a smoothie that tastes great, has loads of benefits, and opens doorway to great health.